UNCA Calls for Entries for Awards of Best Media Coverage of the United Nations and its Agencies

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Valeria Robecco, President of the United Nations Correspondents Association
Valeria Robecco, President of the United Nations Correspondents Association

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) is inviting journalists worldwide to apply for the 24th annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations and its agencies and field operations.

Prize awards will be given in three categories.

The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). It is for print and online coverage of the UN and its agencies, and named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the UN, who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the UN and its agencies, and named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain. He died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

The third category is the Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change. It is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main categories: climate change, biodiversity, and water.

To be eligible for the awards, work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2018 and August 2019.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Special attention will be given to the originality of daily coverage and breaking news from U.N. Headquarters. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries should be submitted in any of the official UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian) however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process if the original is not written in English and French.

No candidate is allowed to submit entries to more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Files and web links should be uploaded to the online Entry Form available at http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/.

Deadline for submission of application is September 15, 2019. Winners will be honored at a gala event with UN Secretary-General H.E. António Guterres, on December 6, 2019, at Cipriani Wall Street, New York.