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Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2020

Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2020

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Applications call for Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2020. The Young Journalist Award in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association is Thomson Foundation’s annual journalism competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.


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

Call for Entries

Journalists working in the developing world and in emerging economies are invited to succeed Pakistani investigative reporter, Meiryum Ali, as the 2020 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award winner. If you are a journalist aged 30 and under working in a country with a Gross National Income (GNI) of less than $20,000, you are eligible to enter the award.

Basic Guidelines

  • Entrants must be 30 years of age or under on 23rd November 2020.
  • For the purpose of this competition the “developing world” is defined as countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) of $20,000 or less. Entrants should be from a country that meets the GNI criteria and reporting from/in that country or, if not in their country of origin, in another country fitting the same GNI criteria.
  • Each entrant should submit a portfolio of THREE published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding 14th August 2020 (the 12 months prior to the deadline for submissions).
  • The entries can be in any format: print, audio, video, multimedia, or a combination of all four. Applicants can provide URL links to their stories online.
  • If necessary, can use a file-transfer application such as Google Drive for scans or PDFs of print articles, and for large audio or video files. A written statement of no more than 200 words per story giving a summary of the content and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication or broadcast, should also be submitted.
  • Entries can be in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.
  • Entrants should provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organizations on the stories that they have submitted.

Entry form here


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline14 August,2020
Open toJournalists
OrganizerThomson Foundation



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