Deadline Approaches For Thompson Foundation FPA Awards

 

Viscount Chandos, Chairman of the Thomson Foundation (2nd right) presents the Thomson Foundation Award for the Best Young Journalist from the Developing World to Maurice Oniang'o (centre), where he was joined by runners up Priyanka Dubey (right) and Andrew Ochieng (2nd left) at the FPA Media Awards 2014 at the Park Lane Hotel, London
Viscount Chandos, Chairman of the Thomson Foundation (2nd right) presents the Thomson Foundation Award for the Best Young Journalist from the Developing World to Maurice Oniang’o (centre), where he was joined by runners up Priyanka Dubey (right) and Andrew Ochieng (2nd left) at the FPA Media Awards 2014 at the Park Lane Hotel, London

You still have a few days to apply for the Thomson Foundation FPA award which closes on Friday, August 28.

The award provides an opportunity for journalists below the age of 30 to gain global recognition through its annual competition under the banner of the 2015 UK Foreign Press Association, FPA, Awards.

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Contestants for the prestigious award must meet certain criteria part of which is that they must be working in countries defined as “developing”, specifically with a Gross Domestic Product, GDP, per capita of less than $20,000.

They must equally have a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions.

The winner will eventually be chosen from among three finalists, who will each be flown to London to spend two nights and have the privilege of attending a gala award night at the Sheraton Park Hotel on November, 24, 2015.

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They will subsequently interact with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.

The overall winner, this year would be trailing the path of Maurice Oniang’o, a Kenyan reporter, who won the award last year. Oniang’o, a reporter for Media Development in Africa, MEDEVA, based in Kenya, beat over a 100 reporters last year to clinch the ultimate prize.

The stories, which won him accolades are a feature on two child soldiers who provided security for their village from Ethiopian raiders; a university student who set up a feeding program for street families and food waste in Kenya and its effect on the environment.

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Completed entries for this year will go forward to be shortlisted by the staff at the Thomson Foundation, before the FPA judges decide on the three finalists. Details of the award and modalities for selection can be found at Thomson Foundation: FPA Award

One thought on “Deadline Approaches For Thompson Foundation FPA Awards

  1. Chinonso Alozie

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    I am a journalist from Nigeria. I want to know if you accept entries for community reporting. If not can you direct me where it can be accepted.

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