Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award

Young journalists from developing countries are invited to apply for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award. This year the competition adds an environmental focus on the entries. Therefore, one of the three pieces should focus on sustainability, pollution, etc. The deadline is on Friday 10th September 2021.

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 ninth year, the award enables journalists aged 30 and under 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. 

In the year of COP26, the pivotal UN climate change conference, the Young Journalist Award is introducing an environmental component.

Environmental reporting is covering stories about the interaction of people and the natural world and the issues related to that interaction.

Environmental stories should be focused on one or more of the subjects covered by environmental reporting: sustainability, pollution, nature/biodiversity and/or climate change. 

The deadline is on Friday 10th September 2021.


Main Criteria

Entrants must be 30 years of age or under on Monday 29th November 2021. For the purpose of this competition, the ‘developing world’ is defined as countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) of $20,000 or less.

Each entrant should submit a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions. At least one entry must have an environmental focus.

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