One World Media Invites Entries for Stories that Break Through Stereotypes in the Global South

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Gemma Bradshaw
Director of One World Media

One World Media Award is inviting entries from around the world of stories from the global south that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures for its One World Media Awards.

The Awards recognise the best media coverage of the global south and look to champion stories that demonstrate originality, creativity, and the potential to catalyse change. To stand a chance of winning, entries should highlight underreported stories or issues, or explore new angles on familiar topics.

The competition is open in 15 categories and celebrates work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres, and a special award for an independent media outlet based in a developing country.

The categories of the awards include: Digital Media Award, Environmental Impact Award, Feature Documentary Award, International Journalist of the Year Award, News Award, New Voice Award, Popular Features, Print Award, and Podcast & Radio Award.

Other categories are: Refugee Reporting Award, Short Film Award, Special Award, Student Award, Television Documentary Award, and Women’s Solutions Reporting Award.

The awards are particularly looking at how the story is told: Is it amplifying voices that are normally unheard? Is it an inspiring story that will create change? Does the story challenge misperceptions or stereotypes?

The competition honors underreported stories on social, political, or cultural life in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet republics.

Submission of entries closes on February 10, 2022.

The One World Media Awards was established in 1988 to celebrate and recognise the best media coverage across a wide range of genres that focus on low- and middle-income countries across the global south.

The One World Media Fellowship programme is a springboard for new talent covering stories globally with creativity and integrity. Selected fellows receive a £1000 production grant, one-to-one mentoring and a year-round programme of industry workshops and webinars, while they produce a non-fiction piece of media.

For more information about the criteria and to apply, please go to: https://oneworldmedia.org.uk/awards/.