The Thomson Foundation is now receiving entries for its 2022 Young Journalists Award which will be offering six rising stars the chance to connect with six of the best journalists in the industry as part of its prestigious Award.
Celebrating 60 years of promoting excellence in journalism and to mark the occasion, this year’s award will be extra special as it will, for the first time in two years, offer the three finalists an opportunity to attend the ceremony in London in person. The COVID-19 pandemic of the past two years had meant finalists could only attend virtually.
In addition, there would be an added bonus called ‘Connect 6’, to mark six decades of the foundation. Three finalists as well as the next three highest shortlisted will have the opportunity to be mentored for six months by six established journalists from its alumni.
The Award has given a boost to some brilliant journalists over the years, with each one of them demonstrating a rich tapestry of investigative journalism, exposing social issues and holding power to account.
The three Young Journalist Award finalists will automatically qualify for the mentorship programme. The additional three will be selected from the shortlist of 12 to join them as part of the Foundation’s ongoing investment into ethical, independent and trusted journalism.
Those selected will be provided with a unique package of support and paired with an established journalist matched to their regions from the Foundation’s extensive alumni network. They will learn from the alumni how their exclusives and investigations have changed the world, and how theirs can too.
In addition, all 12 journalists in the shortlist will be given a space on the Thomson Foundation’s website and social media channels as well as receive a certificate commending them on the high standard of their work.
Now in its 10th year, the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) is open to journalists aged 30 or under from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000. Those who meet the criteria are welcome to submit a portfolio of three published pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions. The works can be in any medium – print, audio, video or multimedia.
Shortlisted entries will be passed to judges to make the final decisions. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2022.
Deadline for submission of entries is August 12, 2022 by 23:59 UK time.