The Global Shining Light Award

    | May 27, 2013

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    Every year, dozens of journalists and media workers are killed, and hundreds more attacked, imprisoned, or threatened, just for doing their job. The Committee to Protect Journalists says that the number of journalists killed each year covering crime and corruption is equal to the number killed covering wars.

    In October 2013, the Global Investigative Journalism Conference will present the fifth Global Shining Light Award. This award honours investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country which is conducted under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

    The award is open to journalists, journalism teams, or media outlets that provide independent investigative reporting which originates in a developing or emerging country. The submission must have been produced in a situation where the journalist(s) faced arrest, imprisonment, or threats of violence or other intimidation against them or their families. It must have been broadcast or published between April 2, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

    If the original piece is not in English, a full translation or lengthy summary of its key findings must be provided in English.

    The award will be announced and presented at a public forum at the global conference, held October 12 to 15, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner will receive an honorary plaque and US$1,000, as well as airfare and funds to cover daily expenses.

    Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2013. Details of how to apply can be found here: