Thomson Foundation Invites Entries for the Young Journalist Award

Nigel Baker
Executive Director
Thomson Foundation

The Thomson Foundation is inviting ambitious young journalists to apply for its prestigious annual journalism competition, Young Journalist Award, dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.

The Young Journalist Award is Thomson Foundation annual event which it holds in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association.

Now in its ninth year, the award enables journalists who are 30 years and under, from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000, to send in their best stories.

Award judges of the award look for stories that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society.

In the year of COP26, the pivotal UN climate change conference, the Thomson Foundation is introducing an environmental component to the 2021 Young Journalist Award. Applicants will still be required to submit a portfolio of three stories and these can be a mixture of investigative pieces and human-interest stories. However, the Foundation will be asking all entrants to ensure that at least one of the three pieces submitted has an environmental focus. More details about this can be found here.

The application form available here.

The deadline for submission of application is September 10, 2021. Further information about the competition can be found at