Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, UNDP Resident Representative announcing the winners of 2020 Journalism Peace Award

Deadline: 07 February 2021 at 2:00 PM

Are you a journalist or reporter in South Sudan with passion for peace work? Then this competition is for you!

Applications are due 07 February 2021 at 2:00 pm South Sudan time.  Journalists are encouraged to apply via our official email address commnetssorg@gmail.com and the selection committee will notify the applicants once their entries are selected for the award.

Only selected applicants will be notified.

Community Media Network South Sudan (COMNeTSS), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with support from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Sweden, invites journalists and reporters to submit entries focused on an under-reported nonviolent responses to conflict, peace efforts and reconciliation in conflict areas.

A peace-builder can be as heroic as a soldier, yet we do not often see stories about nonviolent responses to conflict. With this competition, we’re hoping to inspire journalists to seek out stories that focus on peace building efforts and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts in communities….. We’re excited for journalists to send in their ideas in this forum, and we believe it will inspire others to approach conflict reporting in conflict-sensitive ways that enhances peace...,”  said Josephine Achiro, Executive Director of CoMNeTSS.

Guidelines for Selection Process

·      The entries will be selected for the 2021 Peace Journalism Award.

·      Projects may include print, photography, audio, video, or a combination of media.

·      We seek pitches and stories that illuminate peace efforts, nonviolent communication and reconciliation in areas of conflict.

·      We are looking for stories that help us understand nonviolent solutions to conflict, stories of ordinary people and communities working for peace in high-conflict areas, stories of emerging leaders attempting to realize their vision for peace.

·      We are looking for stories that help policymakers think about responses to conflict in new ways; stories that highlight the hidden costs of conflict; stories that voice or bring out the perspective missing from the way the conflict is framed; stories that highlights what it will take for peace to be achieved or sustained.

·      We are interested in stories that capture peace negotiations or community efforts to prevent violence and preserve peace.

·      We encourage journalists to go beyond traditional conflict reporting and to consider telling the stories of conflict in ways that speak to peace and inspire the community to overcome the challenges that resulted from the conflict/war/violence.

·      We encourage applicants to apply as teams.

·      All application documents must be written in English.

·      Applications must be submitted through email addresses given below.

Eligibility

·      2021 Peace Journalism Award competition is open to South Sudanese journalists and reporters, working all over South Sudan. 

·      Journalists and reporters working in community radio stations are encouraged to apply.

Review Process

·      The applications will go through shortlisting by a panel of judges from the media community, to pick the top entries, then shortlisted applications will be mentored by journalist experts to improve their stories.

·      After the revision and improvement of the shortlisted stories, the top three winners will present their pitches live to a panel of judges and to the participants at the Journalism Peace Forum on 12 February 2021, in Juba, South Sudan.

·      The top three winners are required to be available to travel to Juba for the forum and award ceremony (12-13 February 2021).

Awards and Prizes

·      The winners will be wwarded the 2021 Peace Journalism Award on 13 February 2021 in Juba, South Sudan during the World Radio Day commemoration.

·      Prizes: $1,000 for first winner, $800 for the second winner and $600 for the third winner. 

Applications are due 07 February 2021 at 2:00 pm South Sudan time.  Journalists are encouraged to apply via our official email address commnetssorg@gmail.com and the selection committee will notify the applicants once their entries are selected for the award.

Only selected applicants will be notified.

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