Thomson Foundation Invites Young Journalists for the 2014 FPA Award


The Thomson Foundation is inviting young journalists from developing countries to enter a competition recognising young journalists working in the developing world. It will form part of the 2014 UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards.

A winner will be chosen from three finalists who will be flown to London, spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night at the Sheraton Park Hotel on November 25, 2014. They will join a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.

Interested journalists must meet the following criteria in order to enter the award:

  • Entrants must be aged 30 or under by November 25, 2014;
  • They must be working in countries defined as “developing”, specifically with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of less than $20,000 to enter their work;
  • They must have a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions. The work can be in any format – print, audio, video, multimedia or a combination of all four.

Applicants can email their articles as attachments or provide hyperlinks to their stories online. If necessary, they can use a file-transfer application such as WeTransfer for large audio or video files.

Judy Kosgei of Kenya’s Citizen TV, Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award winner.
Judy Kosgei of Kenya’s Citizen TV, Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award winner.

To participate in the competition, journalists need to submit an entry form, available online, including written statements of up to 200 words per story summarising the content and any impact it had on the public debate in the country of publication.

Entries produced in a language other than English should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.

Prospective applicants should enclose with their entries a letter from their current editor, on letter-headed company notepaper verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is freelance, or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications/websites/broadcasters where the work appeared, or by a journalism academic familiar with the work of the entrant.

The Foundation will check for plagiarism and entrants found to have submitted work which is not their original work will be automatically disqualified.

The completed form should be emailed along with the other required documents to the email address:

The deadline for submission of entries is August 29 2014.

Completed entries will go forward to be shortlisted by staff at the Thomson Foundation, before the FPA judges decide on the three finalists.

Please visit the foundation website for full details and application