One World Media Awards recognises the best media coverage of the global south and will spotlight underreported stories this year.
By Helena Olori
The 2024 edition of the One World Media Awards is now open for entries till 8th February 2024. With 15 categories spanning various media platforms, this year’s edition will focus on celebrating underreported stories from around the world that demonstrate originality, creativity, and the potential to catalyse positive change.
The categories include; the Innovative Storytelling Award, Environmental Reporting, Feature Documentary, Freelance Journalist of the Year, Correspondent of the Year, News Award, New Voice Award, Podcast & Radio Award, Print Award, Refugee Reporting Award, Short Documentary Award, Student Award, Women’s Solutions Reporting Award, Current Affairs Award, and the Press Freedom Award.
The One World Media Awards, established in 1988, recognise the best media coverage of the global south and provide a global platform for journalists and filmmakers to showcase their outstanding work. The London-based non-profit organisation stands as a beacon for exceptional journalism and filmmaking that breaks through stereotypes, challenges misconceptions, and fosters cultural connections. More than 1000 journalists and filmmakers have been recognised on this platform since its inception, drawing significant attention to their stories from around the world on a range of issues.
“Winning the One World Media International Journalist of the Year award is extraordinary. It has brought so much attention to my work as a journalist”, says Philip Obaji Jr, 2023 winner of the International Journalist of the Year Award. “I’m excited at the fact that more people now show interest in what’s going on in the vulnerable and dangerous places in Africa I’ve reported about.”
Eligible entries for the 2024 edition must focus on stories from low- and middle-income countries and indigenous communities globally. With registration fees of £165 for organisation’s entries, £40 for freelancers, and £25 for students, participants can submit work published or screened between February 9, 2023, and February 8, 2024, in tandem with criteria for UK broadcast or international publication for English-speaking audiences. A panel of 60 judges, selected from the media and non-profit sectors, will evaluate submitted works based on relevance, originality, and creativity of coverage.
Entries are invited until the submission window closes on February 8, 2024. The longlist of exceptional entries will be announced on March 27, 2024, while the official nominees to be revealed on May 2, 2024. The awards ceremony is billed to be held in June 2024.
For further details and entries submission, see here.