Categories

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Written News

A single written word news report on a current and/or breaking story relating to a human rights issue. This can be print, online or multimedia.

Broadcast News

A single film news report on a current and/or breaking story relating to a human rights issue. This can be TV or online. The entry should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Investigation

An outstanding piece of investigative journalism relating to human rights issues across all media. This can be print, broadcast, online or multimedia and may be a single report or a number of items covering the same story. If part of an on-going investigation, pieces from previous years can be included as supporting evidence, but only those from 2021 will be judged.

Features

A written word newspaper, magazine, online or multimedia piece that creatively explores human rights issues.

Documentaries (TV & Film)

A full-length documentary or film that observes or reports on human rights issues. The entry should be between 20 – 120 minutes duration. These must have been broadcast or available online. This can be a single film in a series or a stand alone piece.

Radio & Podcasts

This can be either excerpts from a series, a full-length radio documentary or podcast, a news report or compilations from a magazine programme which observe and report on human rights issues. The whole entry (including compilations) should be between 15 – 60 minutes duration. These must have been broadcast or available online.

Best Use of Digital Media

Innovative/creative presentations of human rights issues using digital tools and/or multimedia techniques to creatively uncover or engage people in a human rights story or issue. Entrants must have been published for the first time or have had substantial fresh content published during 2021. Click here for previous entries, for reference.

Photojournalism

A single photograph or a series of up to 12 photographs covering a human rights issue. These must have been published by a UK media outlet (newspaper, magazine or online). Only the entered piece will be judged, but overall impact will be considered if published elsewhere and submitted as supporting material. This category is free to enter.

Student Journalist

Open to students in full-time education at a UK university, higher education or further education college at the time of publication or broadcast of their entry. Entries of up to 3 pieces covering human rights issues, may be in print, online or broadcast, via either a student or commercial outlet. Alternatively, they may have been produced as course work as part of media or journalism studies. Personal blog posts are not eligible for entry. Finalists will be asked for evidence that they were a student at the time of publication (eg: via a reference from a tutor). This category is free to enter.

Regional Media

This category is open to any UK regional media outlet and can be print, online or broadcast. Entries may cover global or regional human rights issues. This category is free to enter.

The Gaby Rado Award for New Journalist

Open to journalists reporting on human rights issues who have been working for five years or less in paid employment as a journalist. This award was established with the help of the family, friends and colleagues of the journalist Gaby Rado, who died in Iraq in 2003. Entries can include up to three pieces covering human rights issues and can be film, print, radio on online. Finalists will be asked for evidence of their eligibility. This category is free to enter.

Outstanding Impact Award

This is the judges’ choice category, chosen across all entries. The winner will have demonstrated impact in addressing human rights issues and shown commitment and excellence in reporting.

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