Announcement: Contest for Journalistic Reports on the Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions of Armenia

 

Announcement

Contest for Journalistic Reports on the Human Rights Situation in Closed Institutions of Armenia 

 

1.Description

“Public Journalism Club” (PJC) NGO in consortium with the “For Equal Rights” NGO (FER) launched “A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: Enhancing Public Information on and Awareness on Human Rights Situation in Penitentiaries and Psychiatric Residential Institutions in Armenia” two-year project financed by the European Union (EU) and co-funded by Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Armenia. The project started in December 2017․

The overall objective of the project is to improve human rights situation in closed institutions through increasing public awareness and debate on relevant issues and possible solutions.

The specific objectives of the project are:

- Enhance media professionals’ awareness of and ability to cover issues related to human rights situations in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions.

- Increase coverage and quality of reports on the human rights situation in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions.

Within the framework of the project PJC announces a contest of journalistic reports covering human rights situation in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions of Armenia.

2.The objectives of the Contest

The overall objectives of the contest is

  • To draw public attention to human rights issues in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions
  • To encourage the coverage and improve the quality of published reports on human rights issues in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions.

3.Eligibility criteria

Journalistic reports should relate to human rights issues in closed institutions of Armenia. Reports can be in the following formats: printed, radio, TV, online and multimedia. The reports should be developed and published, broadcasted or posted on Internet from November 1, 2017 till November 1, 2018.

Each journalist can submit more than one journalistic report. The copyright of reports submitted to the contest belongs to authors. Reports can be in Armenian, Russian and English.

4.Assessment criteria

Submitted reports will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria․

  • Relevance of journalistic report to the subject of human rights situation in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions;
  • Addressing specific problems in closed institutions, as well as in special schools and special care institutions;
  • Quality and depth of journalistic reports, including maintenance of objectivity, analysis and  ethics;
  • Creative and innovative approach and style.

It is desirable for applications to consider gender perspective and needs of vulnerable groups in the context of the topic of the contest.

There are 5 awards in the following nominations:

  1. The best investigation report;
  2. The best feature/human story;
  3. The best reportage;
  4. The best blog;
  5. The best graphic cover/ caricature

5․ Award Ceremony

Contest winners will receive monetary rewards, as well as non-monetary prizes and certificates during the award ceremony which will take place on Human Rights Day, December 10, 2018.

6․ Required Documents and Deadlines

Interested candidates should submit their application electronically through filling in online application by November 5, 2018.

Journalists wishing to participate in the contest should send the link of the printed article[1], audio file and broadcast video with the official logo of the channel, the website address in case of internet media. In case of series of publications it’s required to provide links to all publications by sequence.

For further questions related to the contest, please contact Aghavni Harutyunyan, PJC Communications expert via e-mail at aghavniharutyunyan@pjc.am.

 

[1] In case of printed file, it’s necessary to upload the scan of the article to Google drive and provide the link to the article.

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