Competition for Journalists and Cash Prize Valued 30,000 Francs from True Story Award
True Story Award

Competition for Journalists and Cash Prize Valued 30,000 Francs from True Story Award

عبر الإنترنت 17 janv. 2020


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17 janv. 2020
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Région éligible
Toutes les régions

True Story Award announces the 2020 journalism award. The first globally-oriented journalism prize aims to set an example to motivate journalists all over the world and to strengthen them in their work. In the 21st century, journalism’s role as an indispensable critical institution for democracy is continually and everywhere being put to the test: freedom of the press is limited, the media is politically controlled, economically instrumentalized, and digitally fragmented. The central idea of the prize is to supplement and broaden the predominantly Western view of the world with other perspectives. Due to the nature of media coverage, readers in North America and Europe have a view of the world different from those in the Arab world, Africa and Asia. The prize encourages the broadening of our field of vision through the voices of reporters from different countries.

Award Details:

The True Story Award is the first global journalism prize. Its aim is to make reporters’ voices known beyond the borders of their home countries, and in doing so to increase the diversity of perspectives offered in the media. The True Story Award will be conferred by an independent foundation and honors reporters writing in 12 languages, who have distinguished themselves by the depth of their research, the quality of their journalism and its social relevance. Fifty jury members from 29 countries will select the 42 best texts of the year and then select a winner. The winner will receive 30 000 Swiss francs in prize money, while the total prize money amounts to 177 000 Swiss francs.

Participation Conditions:

  • The True Story Award is open to all journalists anywhere in the world who produce written reportage.
  • Texts in these categories can be entered in English and go directly to the jury.
  • Submissions in the original language must include a summary in English of at least 400 words. In this case, native-speaking readers from our network will review the original text and decide on a translation into English for evaluation by the jury.
  • The True Story Award will be given to the kind of reportage that demonstrates the following qualities: a narrative account of real events, in-depth research on location, rigorously researched facts and linguistic richness. Pure essays, biographies and historical reconstructions are ineligible (although of course, something of these can be present in all reportage). The texts’ length should be between 3 000 and 17 000 words.

Judging Criteria:

The jury will evaluate the following aspects of the texts:

  • Research (depth, time expenditure, country-specific circumstances)
  • Quality (craft, truthfulness, narrative elegance)
  • Impact (social, political and economic relevance)

Prize and Ceremony:

The 42 nominated reporters will be invited to the True Story Award ceremony in Bern (flights, accommodation, and meals will be covered). The total prize pool is 177 000 Swiss francs, which is divided as follows: the 42 nominees each receive 3 000 francs. This sum will be personally awarded during the True Story Award ceremony. The main jury will then select the three best texts from the 42 nominees, who will be rewarded as follows:

  1. prize: 30,000 francs.
  2. prize: 20,000 francs. 
  3. prize: 10,000 francs.

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