Media competition

Media for labour rights 2015 - A prize for journalism

Competition to encourage fair reporting on labour rights, including fundamental labour rights, by recognizing the best feature, audio or video on labour rights.

What is “Media for Labour Rights” 2015?

“Media for Labour Rights” is a prize for journalism awarded by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), the training arm of the International Labour Organization. The 2015 edition of the prize is organized in conjunction with the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) and with the financial support of the Government of Norway. The prize is an opportunity to disseminate information on international labour standards and the work of the international supervisory bodies and so raise public awareness of internationally recognized human rights at work and their relevance to social and development issues.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to journalists and media professionals from all over the world, including those who have participated in ITCILO training courses on labour rights, including fundamental labour rights. ILO communication and information officers are excluded from taking part.

Full regulations.

How to participate?

Candidates are invited to submit a feature or an audio or video clip on labour rights. If it is a feature, it should not exceed 600 words. If it is an audio or video clip, it should not exceed 4 minutes.

The work should be submitted in English. Works produced in other languages should be submitted in both the original language and English. For audio and video clips, a transcript in English is sufficient.

The work should be submitted by e-mail to by 6 January 2016 at the latest, and should be accompanied by a short author biography of 10 lines maximum.

How is the work evaluated?

A preliminary screening of the stories submitted will be carried out by the Prize Secretariat. Short-listed stories will then be analyzed by a high-level independent jury, consisting of ILO officials and media personalities. The following criteria will be adopted in evaluating the stories:
  1. integration of international labour standards in the context of the story;
  2. impact of international labour standards on the story;
  3. use of sources;
  4. structure of the story; and
  5. originality of the story.
Prior publication of the work will be considered an asset.

The decision of the jury, to be announced in mid-January 2016, will be final.

What is the prize at stake?

The winner will be awarded a grant to attend an ITCILO course in Turin at the beginning of 2016. The best story will also be featured on the ITCILO and ILO websites.

The ITCILO shall be entitled to reproduce and disseminate works submitted for the competition in its own publications and in publicity material for its journalism prize and related activities for media professionals, as well as through its website.

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