Deadline: September 10, 2021

Applications are open for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2021. The Young Journalist Award – in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association – is Thomson Foundation’s annual journalism competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.

  • Entrants must be 30 years of age or under on November 29, 2021;
  • For the purpose of this competition the “developing world” is defined as countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) of $20,000 or less. Entrants should be from a country that meets the GNI criteria and reporting from/in that country or, if not in their country of origination, in another country fitting the same GNI criteria.
  • Entries can be in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.
  • Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant’s current editor, on headed company notepaper verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is freelance, or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications/websites/broadcasters where the work appeared, or by a journalism academic familiar with the work of the entrant.


Applicants will still be required to submit a portfolio of three stories and these can be a mixture of investigative pieces and human-interest stories. However, they will be asking all entrants to ensure at least ONE of the three pieces submitted has an environmental reporting focus.

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For more information, visit Young Journalist Award.

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