Migration Journalism Award Now Open for Entries

IOM is expanding its relief operations across Afghanistan in response to mounting humanitarian needs fuelled by drought and conflict. Photo: IOM (Representational Image)
IOM is expanding its relief operations across Afghanistan in response to mounting humanitarian needs fuelled by drought and conflict. Photo: IOM (Representational Image)

Aimed at fostering quality reporting on migration, the Award is set to recognise outstanding stories from the region.

The first edition of the West and Central Africa Migration Journalism Award is now open for entries from journalists who have brought attention to the many facets of migration in West and Central Africa.  

Hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), entries – in English or French – are now open for free from 15 September until 15 October 2021. The Award will recognise eight winners with rewards of up to USD 1,250 each in prize money. 

The winning Journalists will also receive a plaque of recognition and will be invited to a virtual Award ceremony that will be broadcast on IOM’s social media platforms.  The winning submissions may be republished on a media partner’s platform.  

Aimed at fostering quality reporting on migration, the Award is set to recognise outstanding stories from the region that shed light on migration from various perspectives, including safe migration, migration and climate change, and returning migrant reintegration. It will also focus on environmental migration and irregular migration, and work that debunks false and discriminatory narratives about migration and promotes balanced, evidence-based reporting. 

Christopher Gascon, IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said the competition is aimed to celebrate journalists who shone a light on migration and its impact. 

The journalists who can enter the Award should be nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Togo.   

The competition is open for journalists who cover migration and irregular migration; alternatives to irregular migration; stories of migrant reintegration; awareness raising about migration and migration in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation.  

The journalistic works entered must have been published on radio or television, or in traditional media or digital platforms, between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.  Articles should not exceed 5,000 characters while video or audio/radio reports should not exceed three minutes. Only entries in which the applicant is the primary author or the co-author of the submitted piece will be accepted. 

Requirements for entries include: 

Must meet journalistic  principles and basic requirements, strictly adhering to professional ethics and standards.   

Must be an original body of work without alterations.    

Must be previously published. Submitted entries that have not been previously published will immediately be disqualified without notice.  

The winning submissions will be selected by a jury made up of IOM, media and specialists from the four thematic areas:  

1) Migration, Environment and Climate Change  

2)  Reintegration   

3)  Awareness raising about irregular migration   

4)  Alternatives to irregular migration

Click here for more information, terms and conditions, and rules of entry.

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