CNN has announced the third edition of its ‘Young Journalist Award’ (CNN YJA 2005). This time, the channel has not only increased the age band for eligibility from 22-26 years to 22-28 years, it has also introduced another category, ‘Cameraperson of the Year’.
Speaking to reporters at Chennai, Mallika Kapur, reporter and producer for CNN International based in London, said, “We received entries by the hundreds last year, and the entries were exceptionally good. The feedback over the last two years has been to expand the age group, and we have done that this year.”
The awards, which were instituted in 2003, expanded to cover young Pakistani journalists last year. The two categories of Television and Print / Online continue, while a new category for ‘Cameraperson of the Year’ has been introduced this year.
The entries should be in the form of articles (in original or photocopy) published between January 1 and September 30, 2005, and could be a general news story published in an Indian website or publication. A similar set of guidelines for television has been put in place as well.
Vernacular journalists, too, can be part of the awards, but will have to send in their stories translated into English for the panel of international judges. The identity of the jury would be revealed only after the results have been announced.
While the television and print entries would be evaluated on investigative quality, quality of writing, initiative and other factors, the cameraperson entries are to be accompanied by a brief in around 250 words on the circumstances under which the pictures were captured.
Last year’s award winners were Rahul Agarwal of Zee News and Vikas Dhoot of BusinessWorld.
Winners in the Television and Print categories will get to experience a one-week stint at the CNN Centre in Atlanta, besides winning the title of ‘CNN Young Journalist of the Year’. The second best valid entries in both categories would work with the CNN Bureau in Delhi (Islamabad for Pakistani entries), while ‘Cameraperson of the Year’ will undergo a week’s training at CNN’s regional headquarters at Hong Kong.
The channel is to embark on a communication campaign spread over dailies, magazines, the Internet and direct mailers to invite entries for the contest. Entries close on October 15, so rush in if you haven’t turned 29 yet!