Developing Asia Journalism Awards’ launched
ISLAMABAD (December 06 2003): The Asian Development Bank Institute has announced the ‘Developing Asia Journalism Awards’ to acknowledge print journalists in Asia who cover development trends and the impact these have on countries and people in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Awards, which are a major new initiative of ADBI’s public affairs outreach, will focus on excellence in journalistic reporting in six strategic areas of development.
“The purpose of the Awards is to publicly recognise the efforts made by Asian journalists from Developing countries, who provide high-quality, balanced coverage of the real issues affecting growth and development,” according to Peter McCawley, Dean of the ADBI, who was speaking at the official launch held in the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.
Awards will be based on the journalist’s published works (including translation) for the period 2001 to 2003. Winners will be selected by a distinguished jury, including practising journalists, and Awards will be made at a ceremony in Tokyo in the first half of 2004.
Developing Asia Journalism Award Categories:
1. Good governance and anti-corruption.
2. Regional co-operation and integration for development.
3. Environmental sustainability of development.
4. Role of the private sector in attaining development.
5. Inclusive social development, and
6. Pro-poor sustainable economic growth.
Winners in all categories will receive $ 1,500 plus a trophy, and inclusion of their stories in a compendium book. Runner-up prizes consist of $1,000 and $500, respectively.
SPECIAL PRIZES: Additional special prizes of $2,000 each will be awarded for:
Development Journalist of the Year
Development Woman Journalist of the Year (to be awarded should a woman not win the Development Journalist of the Year prize)
Young Development Journalist of the Year (under 30 years of age)
Islands Journalist Award (Pacific Islands and Maldives)
Special prizes may be given to entrants in the main award categories or to separate entries.
ADBI will provide the top three finalists in each category with all-expenses paid trips to Tokyo for the award ceremony, dinner and a two-day program visiting media agencies.
Further details, guidelines, and application form are available at http://www. adbi.org/JournalismAwards.html.
Source: Business Recorder