Through May 31, 2017, The Thomas Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition are calling all journalists, bloggers, freelancers, and individuals covering a variety of food issues to enter for a chance to win €10,000 (US$10,743), an all-expenses paid media training program and access to an audience one billion strong.
The Good Food Media award grew from both organizations’ shared belief in media as a powerful tool for social good. “For too long the issues surrounding food sustainability have been discussed among experts, cutting the general public out of the conversation,” says Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa. “With this Award, we want to connect the everyday person with issues that are ultimately affecting all of us, and we believe media is the best route to make this happen.”
To promote comprehensive coverage, judges will consider both published and unpublished written journalism, video, and photography. The judging panel, comprised of leaders across industries and borders, including Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg, Miranda Johnson of The Economist, and Cassandra Waldon of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, will focus on each submission’s ability to explore troubling paradoxes within society: hunger versus obesity, food versus fuel, and waste versus starvation. Each paradox represents the socio-economic and regional disparities that challenge policymakers and activists fighting for a more sustainable global food system.
Submission guidelines and applications are available at www.goodfoodmediaaward.com until May 31, 2017. Finalists will participate in a public voting cycle and winners will be chosen by October 2017.
Entries to the Food Sustainability Media Award will be judged in the following three categories: written journalism, photography and video.
•For each category we will award both one published and one unpublished piece of work.
•Winners awarded for their published written, photography and video work will receive a €10,000 cash prize.
•Winners awarded for their unpublished written, photography and video work will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a Thomson Reuters Foundation media training course on food sustainability.
•All winning unpublished entries will be distributed via the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the BCFN websites.
•The winning unpublished written work will also be distributed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation via the Reuters wire, reaching an estimated 1 billion readers.
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