Thomson Foundation Announces Young Journalist Award


The Thomson Foundation is calling on young journalist from developing countries to apply for the Young Journalist Award. The new award is being sponsored by the Foundation on behalf of the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards.

The award is open to journalist below 30 years working in countries with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of less than $20,000 according to the 2012 World Bank Index.

Prospective applicants should submit an entry of a portfolio of three published pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding September 18, 2013.

The entries can be in any format: print, audio, video, multimedia, or a combination of all four.  Entries should not exceed a maximum of 100 megabytes.

A written statement of no more than 600 words giving a summary of the content of each story, and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication, should also be submitted.

The entries should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant’s current editor on the company’s letterhead verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is a freelance or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications, websites, broadcasters where the work appeared.

The award is intended for an individual however, if a person enters work produced by a team, the individual should clearly describe what contribution they made to creating distinctive, original journalism. They should also have an endorsement to that effect from their editor, which will be checked.

Three finalists will be flown to London; they will spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night at the Sheraton Park Hotel on Tuesday, November19, 2013 along with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.

Deadline for submission is September 18, 2013.

Interested applicant should send an email to stating their intention to submit an entry or click on for more information.