CNN has announced the launch of the fifth edition of the CNN Young Journalist Award (CNN YJA). Launched in India in 2003, CNN YJA recognises and encourages quality journalism among young media professionals in India and Pakistan. Two new categories have been introduced this year -- the CNN Photo Journalist Award and the CNN Journalist Award.
The CNN Journalist Award, introduced in celebration of the 60th year of Independence of India and Pakistan, honours journalism that reflects the social and political realities of the respective countries. Open to all Indian and Pakistani journalists irrespective of age, nominations are open to print, online and television journalists covering the broader and deeper issues in Indian or Pakistani society, with a focus on factors of social development.
Phillip Turner, New Delhi Bureau Chief, CNN, said, “As a journalist myself, I am delighted to be associated with awards that honour responsible and quality journalism. While the CNN YJA is an attempt at nurturing promising journalistic potential, the CNN Journalist Award salutes the best of insightful Indian and Pakistani journalists and their efforts in voicing often-unpopular issues and concerns, issues that often require great courage. The CNN Photo Journalist Award will recognise the rich tradition and contribution that photojournalists have made to this industry in India and Pakistan.”
This year’s awards will continue with the CNN Aspiring Journalist Award (CNN AJA) and the CNN Citizen Journalist Award (CNN CJA) that were introduced in 2006. The former is targetted at journalism students, while the latter will pay tribute to ‘citizen journalists’ whose compelling submissions aid the newsgathering process.
Entries are invited from different media categories such as print, online, photographic and television. All entries to be eligible for the award, with the exception of entries from journalism students, should be published or aired between January 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007.
Entrants to the CNN AJA must submit an essay of 1,000 words on the topic, ‘Has the media broadened its reach only to narrow its focus?’ The shortlisted participants in television or print category will then be invited to Delhi to participate in an on-the-spot contest, which will determine the winners for the category.
The deadline for entries is October 12, 2007. Judging of the entries will take place in November by a prestigious panel, and winners of the annual award will be announced at a gala ceremony in Delhi in December.