Thomson Foundation 2021 Young Journalist Award

This opportunity closes on September 10th, 2021!


We know that many of our network Members consider health to be as an issue that intersects with many other critical topics, one of them being the environment and the climate crisis. As clearly evidenced in the Internews online course From Animals to Humans: How to Report on Zoonotic Diseases and their Environmental Origins, human and environmental health are deeply connected to one another. The COVID-19 global pandemic has its origins in a virus that transcended species. For this reason, we want to highlight a great opportunity that targets young journalists aged 30 and under, who are from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000. If you, or someone you know, fits that profile, then keep on reading.

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. 

In the year of COP26, the pivotal UN climate change conference, the foundation is introducing an environmental component to their 2021 Young Journalist Award. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of three stories and these can be a mixture of investigative pieces and human-interest stories. They will be asking all applicants to ensure at least ONE of the three pieces submitted has an environmental focus.

Find out more about this opportunity here.