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Cancer Journalism Award

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Is your journalism improving public understanding of cancer?

The European School of Oncology is looking for outstanding pieces of journalism published or broadcast between January 2020 and end of March 2021 that are changing the way we think about cancer.

The Cancer Journalism Award encourages, celebrates and rewards journalists who deliver insights into the personal and social effects of the disease, and the impact of policy, practice and advocacy.

We are inviting journalists to submit one or more items of their work – whether in print, online, on radio, video or television – into the following three categories:

  • Policy, services and affordability
  • Research and science
  • Prevention and treatment

Further details about each category can be found here

In all categories, we are looking for articles/programmes that move beyond documenting experience, science, policy and practice. We want to reward work that asks difficult questions, increases awareness and prompts change. We are particularly looking for investigative stories. We expect that patient experience and perspectives will be reflected in all submissions, whatever the category.

The Award is open to journalists working in the following regions: 

  • Europe (including non EU countries)
  • Eastern Europe (including non EU countries)
  • Eurasia
  • Mediterranean area
  • Central and Latin America

A prize of €1500 is available for the winner in each category. The journalist judged the overall winner will receive an additional €500 bringing their prize total to €2000.

Applications are now open.

The closing date for entries is 30th April 2021

Procedure and rules

  • Each entry – an article, video, podcast, radio or TV programme – must be entered under one category.
  • Journalists can enter up to three pieces of work, but each must be entered separately into a separate category.
  • Only entries made online at http://cancerworld.net/media/cancerworld-journalism-award/ will be accepted.
  • Each entry must have been published/broadcast between 1st January 2020 and 31st March 2021.
  • If the entry being submitted is not in English, it should be accompanied by an English translation. Entrants may use whichever method of translation they like, including Google Translate. The judges want to encourage entries from as many countries as possible, so will be sympathetic to translation difficulties. However, the translation must be of sufficient quality to allow a proper judgement of the work to be made.
  • Television, video, podcast or radio entries must be made available from a website such as YouTube or Vimeo so that a link can be provided to judges.
  • The judges reserve the right to change the category that an entry is entered into.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award a prize in a category if they believe entries are not of sufficient quality.
  • Journalists should provide a statement of no more than 150 words with each entry, explaining why it deserves recognition.

Please read carefully the details on the application procedure before applying.

Details on the winners of the Cancer Journalism Award 2019-2020 can be found here