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 are now open for free from today, 15 September, until 15 October 2021. Entries, in English or French, can be submitted to reportingmigration.org. 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 aimed to celebrate journalists who shone a light on migration and its impact.
“Migration issues are multidimensional and are often subject to misunderstanding. The support of journalists is the best way to unpack these complexities and give a clear understanding of all sides of the dynamics of migration. Effective reporting on migration ensures that people are presented with a more complete view of these issues which can provide a true understanding. We look to migration stories being reported in a balanced way to help ensure that migrants can make informed decisions and that the public at large receive objective information.”
In West and Central Africa, migration is too often characterized by misguided and narrative biases. Local, national and international media play an important role in the development and/or relay of these narratives, either through the use of inaccurate terms or through the production of superficial content. Launched in 2020, the Reporting Migration initiative encourages investigative journalism on migration in order to nuance negative discourses and narratives about the phenomenon in the region. The initiative is also aimed at Free, independent journalism that meets high s...&nb... read more
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Migration Journalism 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.
Requirements for entries include:
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.
For more details, visit IOM website.