Applications Invited for Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

Applications Invited for Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Event Duration: 16 Sep. 2019 - 31 Oct. 2019

Apply By: 31 Oct 2019

About the Organization:

International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social justice and promote decent work by setting international labour standards. They have developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity

About the Event:

GENEVA (ILO News) – 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.

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.

Entry Criteria:

  • 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 that are currently enrolled in a journalism school or university curricula.
  • To enter the contest, all participants must fill in the Online Entry Form. No postal submissions or e-mail will be accepted.
  • 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.
  • For the professional awards, entries must have been published between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019 to qualify. For the student award, entries must have been published (or prepared, if in the framework of a course) between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019 to qualify (this includes publication in the internal university or school press).
  • A submission in any language is welcome. However, an English, French or Spanish translation should be included if parts of the submitted material are in a language other than English, French or Spanish. The translation must be faithful to the original. The English, French or Spanish version will be the one judged.
  • Participants are responsible for the quality and appearance of their submission. The judges will make their decisions based on how it appears on a computer screen. No responsibility can be taken by the organizers for entries that are incorrectly submitted.
  • The ILO reserves the right to disqualify any entry that contains hurtful, misleading, libellous or vulgar content, or that contains any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any national or international law or ILO standards.

Key Dates:

  • 31 October 2019 (23:59, Central European Time): Deadline for submissions, via the online entry form
  • 18 December 2019 (International Migrants Day): Competition winners will be announced (winners will be contacted in advance).


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).

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

Closing Date: 31 October 2019 (23:59, Central European Time)

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