Migration Media Award 2019 [European Asylum Support Office]

Applications Due 31.3 2019. Competition which aims to recognise excellence, relevance, and newsworthiness of journalism pieces contributing to balance the narrative on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Open to all media outlets and journalists based in or coming from EU Member States and ENI South Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia). Entries must have been produced during 15 May 2018 and 31st March 2019.

Applications must include a proposal for a second production. Both productions, actual and intended, need to address one or more of the following themes in the Euro-Mediterranean region:

  1. Diaspora: identity, contributions and investments, policies, integration, returnees
  2. Labour migration: skill validation and job matching, mobility, economic contributions and access (banks, loans, social protection, education)
  3. Vulnerable groups: Support and Protection of Victims and Victim-Witnesses Trafficking of human beings, victims of torture and inhuman treatment; minors, unaccompanied minors, families; Women and gender issues; Elders
  4. Legal and irregular migration: asylum procedures, refugee rights and status; border management and security; judicial treatment and appeals, detention, readmission and forced/voluntary returns; visas; research and databases

Entries may be submitted by a Media organisation but the prize will be awarded to the journalist who created the work. Entries must be submitted in English, French or Arabic. Stories in other languages from the Euro Mediterranean region must be accompanied by a translation into either English, French or Arabic.

Multiple entries are accepted in separate and complete applications in the following formats: video, radio, print, online, multimedia and photo. Mid to long length formats are requested and therefore short news items will not be eligible. A budget to produce the second story must be submitted along with copyright waiver and a letter of intent from a media outlet to publish it.

The award will focus on constructive journalism, reflected through human interest and analytical stories, resulting from time-intensive, un-sensationalistic, in-depth reporting and contributing to balance the narrative on migration, making it more evidence based, nuanced and less polarising.

The award is a collaboration of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) funded programs Euromed Migration IV implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Open Media Hub led by the Thomson Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), and with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB).