Funding brief: The competition aims at encouraging quality reporting on labour migration to better protect migrant workers’ rights.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching its fifth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage of labour migration. This year’s themes are ‘fair recruitment’ and ‘the future of labour migration’.
For the first time, the competition has a student prize category and the option for a fellowship prize.
The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues. Across the world, migrants face prejudice, intolerance and stigmatization in their workplaces and communities. Negative public narratives can lead to abuse and exploitation, and challenge social cohesion.
Balanced and ethical reporting can play an important role in addressing stereotypes and misconceptions, and in highlighting the positive contribution migrant workers make in their origin and destination countries.
The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, based on creativity, accuracy and balance, protection of migrants, and positive portrayal of labour migration.
The competition contributes to some of the targets of the recently adopted “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees ,” which include improving working conditions for migrant workers and shifting misperceptions of labour migration. It also helps raise awareness on decent work and migration, a topic which features strongly in the United Nations Declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The competition is supported by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Federation of Journalists, Equal Times, Solidarity Centre, and Migrant Forum in Asia. This year’s competition is organized with the support of the EU funded ‘Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration ’ (REFRAME) project, and the SDC funded ‘Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment – Phase II ’ (FAIR II).
The thematic categories:
● Fair recruitment of migrant workers
Entries in this category should illustrate how international recruitment practices impact migrant workers’ lives, their chances of enjoying decent work, and their exposure to potential exploitation and abuse, gender-based violence, child and forced labour and trafficking in persons. Alternatively or additionally, it should show how properly regulated and governed labour recruitment across international borders can improve skills and job and the effective functioning of labour markets. See the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative and the ILO General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment and definition of recruitment fees and related costs.
● The future of labour migration
Entries in this category should present migrant workers’ challenges and opportunities to access decent work in the context of current and future trends shaping the world of work, including globalization, rising inequalities, demographic changes, technological advancement, non-standard forms of employment, large numbers of workers in the informal economy as well as the need for gender equality, life-long learning and the creation of productive jobs. See the 2019 Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work: Work for a brighter future
Donor Name: International Labour Organization (ILO)
Funding name: Global Media Competition on Labour Migration
Deadline: The opening date for entries to the competition is 12th, September, 2019 and the closing date is 31st, October, 2019 (23:59, Central European Time).
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Funding limit: The competition will award four professional prizes (two in the category ‘fair recruitment of migrant workers’ and two for ‘the future of labour migration’ category) and one student prize. The winners will be able to choose between cash (US$1,000 in the professional category and US$300 for the student category) or a paid fellowship to participate in an ITC-Turin course on a fair recruitment or labour migration topic in 2020 (see full Terms and Conditions for details).
Each of the four winners will be able to choose between two prize options:
– Paid fellowship (course fees, Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and travel) to participate in a one-week ITC-Turin course on a fair recruitment or labour migration related topic in 2020; or
– A cash prize of $1,000 USD.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● To qualify, entries must have been published between 1st, November, 2018 and 31st, October, 2019.
● For the professional awards, this contest is open to media professionals and professional journalists who are 18 years of age and older. For the student award, this contest is open to students from journalism schools/universities who are currently enrolled in a journalism school or university curricula.
● Entries should fall into one of the following two categories: i) Professional or ii) Student.
● For each entry submitted the author should indicate which type of production is being submitted: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio. Print and online submissions should not exceed 8,000 words, while radio and video submissions should not exceed 10 minutes.
● A maximum of two entries may be submitted by any one participant to any of the two categories.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
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● Poster – 2019 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration: Click to view
● Flyer – 2019 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration: Click to view
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● Complete the online entry form in the category of either ‘professional’ or ‘student’ category. You can submit your piece in the following categories: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio. See the full Terms and Conditions for details.
To qualify, entries must have been published between 1st, November, 2018 and 31st, October, 2019 (see Terms and Conditions for details). A submission in any language is welcome, however an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material, or parts of it are in another language.
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