Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award 2019-2020
  • April 2 - 3, 2020

The Asia Centre and Oxfam in Asia, welcome journalists, media scholars and students, those actively working for an equal society, and all interested people for Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award.

Asia and Pacific showed the biggest billionaire wealth and growth in the world last year, now with 906 billionaires owning nearly 3 trillion dollars in wealth. In contrast, 1.2 billion Asians are struggling to make ends meet. Women and girls and other groups without a strong voice suffer the worst. Impacts of the climate crisis have seen an increase in disasters across Asia, and they hit those disadvantaged the hardest.

As thought leaders and creators, journalists have the skills and voice to expose social issues of inequality to build the public’s understanding and support for equality, human rights, and sustainability. There are many journalists across Asia who report fighting the injustice of inequality and poverty. Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award aims to recognize them and encourage more journalists to write for a fairer Asia that works for all its people.

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Judging Criteria

  • Thematic Relevance: 40%
    • Does the article tackle issues of inequality?
    • Is the topic relevant and important to the country/region concerned?
    • Is the discussion of the issues well supported by evidence?
  • Social Relevance: 35%
    • Does the topic address a concern relevant to society?
    • Does it accurately reflect the affected communities’ voices and concerns?
    • Does the topic identify causes leading to the specific inequality and what can be done to address the issues?
  • Value Alignment: 10%
    • Does it advocate for a more equitable society?
    • Does it tackle inequality through the lenses of helping/empowering those worst affected?
    • Does the article evoke a call for action?
  • Technical: 15%
    • Is the article well researched and evidence-based?
    • Are the article and analysis well structured and rational?
    • Is the article presented in a way that is easily understood by the reader?




  • The top 3 winners will receive cash awards and will be felicitated at the Award Ceremony.
  • 10 select journalists* will be invited to participate in the Journalism for an Equitable Asia Forum following the Award Ceremony to be held in Bangkok.
  • Top 5 journalists from each country will receive certificates recognizing their work.

* Depending on their ability to participate.


Journalists are eligible for nomination if they meet the following criteria:

  • Written English articles of minimum 650 words in length published in print or digital platform (Any written medium or public platform is eligible given the fulfillment of all the other criteria)
  • Journalists writing two or more pieces published on the theme of inequality from 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2020 will be eligible
  • The nominated article(s) should cover how inequality affects people from across Asia and/or their country from lenses such as economic inequality, women’s rights, public services, taxation, climate justice, etc. They may also discuss practices and policies that contribute to building a fairer Asia
  • Journalists may also submit articles published in other languages with a mandatory English translation.
  • Journalists themselves, readers, media institutions or interested others such as civil society and academia may submit nominations.
Eligible Regions: Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Application Process

  • Awards nominations can be submitted online through the apply now link.
  • Each valid nomination must contain the name of the journalist, verifiable details of the published article(s) (links), their media affiliation(s), the contact information (Email, WhatsApp/line, phone) of the journalist.
  • While they are required to submit proof of two published articles, they must also indicate which one they’d prefer to be considered for the award.
  • In case online links are not available they can submit the scanned articles (translations) as pdf documents.

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Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

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