Global Media Competition on Labour Migration, Fair Recruitment Opens, Accepting Entries

Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is now accepting entries for its sixth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration and fair recruitment.

The competition, which aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues, will give awards to two published media pieces. For the first time, it will also give prizes for two ‘synopses’ of stories to be developed on labour migration or fair recruitment.

This year’s award will encourage and focus on specific coverage of the issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers and their families, including the non-payment of wages.

“Today, information shapes opinions and actions in all corners of the world but it can also easily distort realities and further harm people. The COVID-19 pandemic has further brought to light this need for accurate, balanced and ethical media reporting,” says Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO Labour Migration Branch and one of the competition judges.

The “synopsis” category will be open to both professional and student journalists and provides an opportunity to secure resources to develop an important migration story that journalists believe should be published.

The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, judged on the following criteria: demonstrating creativity and accuracy; using adequate terminology that protects migrants; promoting non-discrimination and highlighting the benefits of well-governed, safe labour migration, and fair recruitment.

The competition is supported by the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Organisation of Employers, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Federation of Journalists, Equal Times, Solidarity Centre, and Migrant Forum in Asia.

The competition is also organized with the support of the EU funded ‘Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of LabourMigration ’ (REFRAME) project, and the SDC funded ‘Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment – Phase II  ’ (FAIR II).

Interested applicants must complete the online entry form in the category of either “professionals” or “students” category. Applicants can submit pieces in the following categories: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio.

To qualify, entries must have been published between  November 1, 2019, and  October 31, 2020.  A submission in any language is welcome, however, an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material or parts of it are in another language.

The competition will award three prizes for professional journalists or media experts on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers: two prizes will be awarded for a published media piece and one prize will be awarded for a synopsis. The competition will also award one prize to a student journalist for a synopsis on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers.

The winners will be able to choose between cash (US$1,200 in the published media piece and US$500 for the synopsis category) or a paid fellowship.

Submission closes  on October 31, 2020

Interested applicants should apply via