Young Journalist Award

Call For Submissions: Thomson Foundation For Young Journalist Award

The 2019 Young Journalist Award is open!

Now in its seventh year, the 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. 

Judges of the award look for stories that are revelatory, stories which prompt public debate. And have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society. Find the entry form here.

The closing date is August 16th, 2019.

Testimonials From Past Winners

Young Journalist Award

I recommend that journalists under 30 apply for this incredible opportunity! It opened so many doors for me.

Yousra Elbagir, 2016 winner
Young Journalist Award

It means a lot to the people in my country to have someone represent them who isn’t a foreign journalist.

Yousra Elbagir, Sudan 2016 winner
Young Journalist Award

Recognition at this level means everything and the experience of the trip has opened up doors.

Caroline Ariba, Uganda 2015 winner

The award is an encouragement that your effort to bring change in society has received recognition.

Maurice Oniang’o, Kenya 2014 winner

The Young Journalist Award reaffirmed that little voice in my head that said changing lives begins with me.

Judy Kosgei, Kenya 2013 winner

We invite Journalists working in the developing world to succeed Russian investigative reporter, Alisa Kustikova.

Become the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award winner. If you are a journalist aged 30 and under working in a country with a Gross National Income (GNI) of less than $20,000, you are eligible to enter the award.

Entries are now open for the 2019 Young Journalist Award. Find the entry form here.

For further information on the competition, email

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