CNN has launched the fourth edition of the successful CNN Young Journalist Award (CNN YJA) in association with ITC-Welcomgroup. This year, two new categories have been added in addition to the existing CNN YJA categories - CNN Aspiring Journalist Award in collaboration with Hindustan Times and the CNN Citizen Journalist Award in partnership with CNN-IBN.
Launched in 2003, the CNN Young Journalist Award offers a platform for furthering journalistic brilliance among young journalists across India and Pakistan.
The CNN Young Journalist Award is targeted at young journalists in India and Pakistan within the age group of 22 – 28 years, in the print/online and television categories. While CNN Aspiring Journalist Award is targeted at students of journalism who have just appeared (awaiting results) or are appearing for the final examinations, CNN Citizen Journalist Award is open to citizens of India, [who are not professional journalists] and encourages them to play an active role in the process of collecting and disseminating news and information on issues that have an impact on society.
Catagories Entrants to the CNN Young Journalist Award, Television category must submit a feature style television news package that has been produced and aired between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2006. Submission must relate to a General news story relevant to any part of India or Pakistan.
For the Print/ Online category, entries must include three copies of the original article or photocopy of the news article, written solely by the entrant and published in an Indian/ Pakistani publication or on an Indian/ Pakistani website between the period 1st January, 2006 and 30th September, 2006. The last date for receiving entries is October 12, 2006 for entries from India and October 7, 2006 for entries from Pakistan.
Entrants to the CNN Aspiring Journalist Award have to submit an essay in 1000 words on the topic, 'Are sting operations justified?' The entrants can either be nominated by the Principal/Head of Department or students can also independently apply through their own initiative but the entry has to be validated by the principal or head of the department along with an official seal of the school/ college/institute/university. In the entry form, the entrant shall indicate the category for which he/she wishes to be considered. The short-listed participants in each category will be invited to New Delhi to participate in an on-the-spot contest. The closing date for the receipt of entries is October 12, 2006.
For the CNN Citizen Journalist Award, the executive jury panel will choose the winner from the images/video files broadcast on CNN-IBN, between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2006.
Award The winners of the CNN Young Journalist Award in the Television and Print/Online Category will each be awarded the title of 'CNN Young Journalist of the Year'; will spend a week at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta. Furthermore, they will meet with CNN International's editors and anchors, and experience first-hand the workings of CNN's editorial and programming teams. The runner up in the Television and Print/Online Category will be given the opportunity to visit and assist the CNN news bureau in New Delhi for a week.
The winners of 'CNN Aspiring Journalist Award' will each be awarded a trophy and a citation. The winner in the Television category will also earn an opportunity for an internship with the CNN-IBN bureau either in New Delhi or Mumbai for a month, and the winner in the Print category will earn an internship with the Hindustan Times bureau in New Delhi or Mumbai for the same period.
The best and valid entry in the CNN Citizen Journalist Award will be awarded the title 'CNN Citizen Journalist of the Year' along with a trophy, a citation and a Digital Camera.
Entry forms can be obtained either by writing to Turner International India Pvt. Ltd, S-2 Level, Block-F, International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi-110019 or by logging on to the CNN YJA website: http://www.cnnasiapacific.com/yja . All entry forms must be accompanied by proof of age and experience.