Rules of the IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize

1. Applications are invited from print/on-line, radio or television journalists and photographers employed by the local media of the countries in the regions outlined in rule 3 to submit one entry previously published or broadcast in the general news media that promotes community actions to combat racism and discrimination.


2. Each entrant can enter only once but may submit up to three reports on the same subject.


3. Prize(s) will be awarded for entries from the following region:

  • South Asia

  • East and South East Asia


    4. All entries must have been published or broadcast through media outlets between 1 January to 31 December 2004.


    5. The deadline for entries is 31 May 2005.


    6. The Prize winners will receive an IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize certificate.


    7. The International Federation of Journalists reserves the right to utilise all material submitted for presentation and media use and to reproduce it for the purposes of promoting the IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize and for allowing a telecast of the awards presentation ceremony.


    8. Each entry must be made with the written consent of the author. Journalists may be nominated for the Prize by others, however, their entry will only be accepted if the journalist has agreed to the nomination through signing the entry form.


    9. All entrants are required to establish their bona fides as journalists and must certify that the entry is their original work, apart from normal sub-editorial/production treatment.


    10. All entries should declare any subsequent formal corrections, challenges to the accuracy of an entry or claims of plagiarism or defamation against the work.


    11. Please keep copies of all material submitted as entries will not be returned.


    12. Entries must be submitted in an official language of the Prize. The offical languages are:

  • South Asia: English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Sinhala, Urdu, Dari and Nepali

  • East and South East Asia: English, Bahasa, Tagalog, Thai, Khmer, Chinese, Korean and Japanese


    13. Where the entry is a collaborative effort, all major contributors should be included eg. producers, researchers, journalists and editors, at the time the entry is lodged. A team entry may comprise a maximum of five individuals.


    14. Members of the IFJ Executive Committee or journalists employed by the IFJ in any capacity shall not be eligible to submit an entry.


    Judging

    15. An independent jury in each region made up of respected media professionals and experts will examine the entries and choose a winner for each category.


    16. A decision may be taken by any jury to award no Prize in any category in any region.


    17. The decision of the juries shall be final. Juries have the right to reject an entry, which, in their opinion, does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize juries reserve the right to withdraw a Prize if it is later found the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions.


    Judging Criteria

    18. Prize winners will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence. The juries will consider the entries in relation to the objectives of promoting tolerance, combating racism and discrimination and contributing to an understanding of cultural, religious and ethnic differences. The juries will also consider general criteria including: newsworthiness, research, writing, production, incisiveness, impact, public benefit, ethics, originality, innovation and creative flair.


    Juries will take regard of the resources available and effort expended in the preparation of the work.


    How to Enter:

    Complete the entry form and send it with the following material:


    Print

    Print journalists must supply full-page tear sheet of the work (where possible). Where a tear sheet of the original work is not available, a high quality copy will be accepted.


    On-line

    Online journalists must send a floppy disk or CD-ROM in HTML format OR an Internet address that can be viewed (unaltered) for judging from June – August 2005. A senior editorial manager must certify that the work was published on an Internet site.


    Photography

    Photographers must supply no more than ten original prints, along with full-page tear sheet of the published work (where possible). Where a tear sheet of the original work is not available, a high quality copy will be accepted.


    Radio

    Radio journalists must supply a standard audio-cassette of the report and one copy of the script. The entry should be on a clearly marked tape, bearing the name, address and telephone number of the entrant and the duration of the entry.


    Television

    Television journalists must supply a standard VHS tape of the report and one copy of the script. The entry should be on a clearly marked tape, bearing the name, address and telephone number of the entrant and the duration of the entry.