The media industry may be in crisis and journalism jobs hard to come by, but thankfully there are still a large number of generous do-gooders who have set aside some of their cash for the best video journalism talent and ideas out there.
The question is how to find them. To help you out I’ve listed five below who all have an entry deadline coming up in the next month or so. So submit your project as soon as you can and you may find yourself winning a prize.
1. Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
Description: aims to perpetuate the memory of the Boston Globe correspondent killed in Iraq in 2003 and advance her life mission of promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.
Who for: Women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice. Applicants must be dedicated to a career in journalism in print, broadcast or online media and show a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues upon the completion of the fellowship
Deadline: May 27th 2011 – (2 days!!)
2. Rory Peck Awards
Description: The Rory Peck Awards is the only competition in the world dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and women in international news and current affairs.
Who for? Freelance cameramen and women in international news and current affairs. That includes all you video journalists who shoot your own work!
Deadline: June 6th 2011
3. Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism
Description: One of the top journalism awards, the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism reward news and information ideas that significantly enhance opportunities for digital engagement. The awards honor novel efforts that actively involve people in public issues, supply entry points that invite their participation, sit their imagination, and meet their information needs in creative ways.
Who for? Entries need not be specific stories, but rather demonstrative of innovation and could consist of networked journalism projects, new social networking ideas, innovative citizen media initiatives, news games, creative use of mobile devices, data mining ideas, new online applications, augmented reality experiences, or other advances in interactive and participatory journalism or out-of-the-box thinking. Entries may also employ simple efforts that notably connect in new ways with a community.
Deadline: June 6th 2011
Important: the K-B Awards charge a 50 $US fee to enter, so be prepared to part with some cash before you receive any.
4. Dupont/Columbia University Awards
Description: These awards – for televesion, documentary and online video journalism - are regarded today as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which are also administered at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Who for? Programs must have appeared on air, online or in theaters for the first time between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. Entries in languages other than English are eligible, as long as they are accompanied by English subtitles on screen or a complete transcript in English. Onscreen subtitles are preferred.
Deadline: Long-form entries running longer than 2 hours must be received by June 15. All other entries must be received by July 1st 2011.
Although many awards are US-based there are also some worthwhile prizes from other regions, like this one.
5. Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award
Description: Rewarding exceptional journalistic productions, contributing to a better understanding of the diversity of cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean region as well as promoting the positive role played by journalists in providing balanced and informed coverage on cultural issues in the region.
Submitted works should tackle intercultural issues between and within Euro-Mediterranean societies, ranging from minorities, migration, integration and identity to religion and cultural traditions.
Important for those covering the uprisings in the Arab World: In addition, and taking into consideration the tremendous changes taking place in Southern Mediterranean countries, a special award will be dedicated to works on the theme “Social change, Citizenship and Participation”.
Who for? Works published in printed / online media, or broadcast on radio or television between the 1st of July 2010 and 15th of July 2011
Deadline: July 15th 2011