CNN has announced the launch of the fifth edition of the distinguished CNN Young Journalist Award (CNN YJA).
Launched in India in 2003, CNN YJA recognizes and encourages quality journalism among young media professionals in India and Pakistan. CNN also announced two new categories this year – the CNN Photo Journalist Award and the CNN Journalist Award.
The CNN Journalist Award introduced in celebration of the 60th year of independence of India and Pakistan, honours journalism that reflects the social and political realities of India and Pakistan. Open to all Indian and Pakistani journalists irrespective of age, nominations are open to print/ online and television journalists covering the broader and deeper issues in Indian or Pakistani society, with a focus on factors of social development.
Making the announcements, CNN New Delhi bureau chief, Phillip Turner said: Â“As a journalist myself, I am delighted to be associated with awards that honour responsible and quality journalism. While the CNN YJA is an attempt at nurturing promising journalistic potential, the CNN Journalist Award salutes the best of insightful Indian and Pakistani journalists and their efforts in voicing often unpopular issues and concerns, issues that often require great courage. This year, we have also introduced the CNN Photo Journalist Award to recognise the rich tradition and contribution the photojournalists have made to this industry in India and Pakistan. With the addition of these new categories, CNN has reinforced its commitment to recognize and honour highest standards of journalism.”
The 2007 Awards will continue with the CNN Aspiring Journalist Award (CNN AJA) and the CNN Citizen Journalist Award (CNN CJA), introduced in 2006. The former is targetted at journalism students, while the latter will pay tribute to ‘citizen journalists’ whose compelling submissions aid the newsgathering process.
In support of the CNN Citizen Journalist Award, instituted in 2006 to encourage citizens as amateur journalists, Suhasini Haidar, CNN-IBN, added: “We are delighted to be involved with the CNN Citizen Journalist Award. From the cities to the countries remote corners, we are very proud that the Citizen Journalism initiative we pioneered in India has brought in such a response. Our viewers have become a real resource, pitching in with video, photographs and reports on breaking news stories, bringing out the situation on the ground even before our own correspondents can get there. Citizen Journalism has also raised civic issues in many of our cities that would have escaped national attention otherwise.”
Entries are invited from different media categories such as print, online, photographic and television. All entries to be eligible for the award (with the exception of entries from journalism students) should be published or aired between January 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007.
Entrants to the CNN AJA must submit an essay in 1000 words on the topic, ‘Has the media broadened its reach only to narrow its focus?’ The short-listed participants in Television or Print category will then be invited to New Delhi to participate in an on-the-spot contest, which will determine the winners for the category.
The deadline for entries is October 12, 2007. Judging of the entries will take place in November by a prestigious panel, and winners of the annual Award will be announced at a gala ceremony in New Delhi in December. Winners of the CNN Young Journalist Award will win an all-expense paid trip to News Xchange Conference 2008, an internationally recognized networking forum for broadcasters and media professionals across the globe. Complete details of the awards, categories and nomination process are available at www.cnnasiapacific.com/yja.