Journalism has the capacity to help us understand the world and the complex phenomena in it. Sustainable development and climate change are some of the burning questions of our time, and high-quality journalism helps deepen our understanding of them. In 2021, the theme of the competition is climate change and its relationship with development.
We are now looking for nominees for the 2021 Award for Development Journalism.
The theme of the 2021 competition is climate change. Award-winning journalism may address themes such as the effects of climate change in different countries, adapting to climate change or mitigating it, migration related to climate change or other themes related to global development and climate.
Journalistic content intended for the Finnish audience, committed to the Guidelines for Journalists and published in the media between 1 December 2020 and 30 November 2021, can be nominated for the award. The content must be published in Finnish, Swedish, Sámi languages or English.
Anyone can nominate recipients for the award between 1 October and 30 November 2021 at vikes.fi/kehitysjournalismipalkinto (in Finnish).
The winner will be selected by an independent jury and announced in January 2022. The winner will receive a EUR 3,000 cash prize, in addition to which a number of candidates may receive honourable mentions.
In the jury’s view, development journalism is content that addresses global sustainable development themes in a quality manner, reshapes the opinions and attitudes of the public and offers new viewpoints to the realities of developing countries. The expert panel hopes to receive, in particular, nominations representing innovative forms of journalism from all fields of journalism. Non-fiction books may, however, not be entered into the competition.
The Finnish Red Cross, the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development Vikes, the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation and the Union of Journalists in Finland have established the award to highlight high-quality and innovative journalistic publications that explore global themes and to increase the visibility of and appreciation for Finnish development journalism.
In 2021, the award will be part of the I Am European project supported by the European Commission.
Nominate a recipient now: vikes.fi/kehitysjournalismipalkinto
Officer, Advocacy and Communication
Finnish Red Cross
+358 40 178 2235
Finnish Foundation for Media and Development Vikes
+358 50 464 9532