The One Young World Journalist of the Year Award was created to recognize five of the most promising young journalists between the ages of 18 to 35 from around the world. The purpose of this award is to highlight the work of young journalists who are fearlessly and boldly inspiring others through their work, changing the way stories are reported, and empowering others by giving them a voice.
In an age of mass information and misinformation, the role of journalists is more important than ever. Our societies rely on the core values of journalism – truthfulness, and objectivity- to stay informed and shape opinions.
But the pursuit of these values can come at a tragic cost. Free speech has long been threatened and journalists continue to face challenges when trying to unveil the truth and raise the voices of those who cannot do so for themselves.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in the last 20 years, “a reported 1040 journalists have been killed” and “1381 have been imprisoned” as a result of their work across the world. The tragic deaths of Lyra McKee, Daphne Caruana Galizia, and Jamal Khashoggi evidence the growing threat to freedom of expression.
One Young World believes that the next generation of young journalists are paramount to creating powerful and meaningful change, providing the important means to ensure freedom of speech and defense of rights are justly upheld in all regions across the world.
This year’s award will be presented to 5 winners at One Young World 2020 in Munich.
The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counseled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Meghan Markle, amongst many other global figures.
Delegates participate in four transformative days of speeches, panels, networking and workshops. All delegates have the opportunity to apply to give keynote speeches, sharing a platform with world leaders with the world’s media in attendance. As well as listening to keynote speakers, delegates have the opportunity to challenge world leaders, interact and be mentored by influencers. Delegates make lasting connections throughout the Summit, celebrating their participation at social events and the unforgettable Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Summit will take place from 14-17 October 2020, where over 1,800 young leaders from 190+ countries will gather across the city’s well-known venues, including Olympiapark, Olympiahalle, and BMW Welt.
In addition to receiving the award:
- Access to the entirety of the One Young World Summit 2020 in Munich
- Hotel accommodation on a private basis between 13 and 17 (inclusive) October 2020
- The cost of travel to and from Munich (flights in economy)
- Catering, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue
To be considered for the award, nominees must:
- Be aged between 18 and 35 years old
- Have substantial evidence of the impact and importance of their journalism
- Be passionate about the right to freedom of thought, expression and speech
- Have a demonstrable interest in the pursuit of social, economic and/or political rights through journalism
Apply through the given link.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link