International Development Journalism Competition 2012 Opens for Entries

12 Mar 2012 |
The fifth annual Guardian International Development Journalism Competition for aspiring and professional journalists launches today.

The national competition aims to highlight some of the crucial issues facing the developing world which are all too often overlooked by the media.
Shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to report on the issues firsthand, travelling abroad to Africa or Asia with one of the nine international development agencies taking part. This year’s supporting charities are Marie Stopes International, AMREF, Bishop Simeon Trust, David Rattray Memorial Trust, CARE International UK, Plan UK, Progressio, Save the Children, and The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.

Created by Marie Stopes International and The Guardian, the annual competition is sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline and Barclays.  Director of Communications for Marie Stopes International, John Lotspeich says: “In our organisation, from Sudan to Afghanistan, we see every day what a powerful tool for change journalism can be. Telling the story of the underserved in society is what we are about, and we are delighted by The Guardian’s continued support for the next generation of development journalists. In the five years since Marie Stopes International set up the award, the competition has gone from strength to strength and we look forward to the compelling stories this year’s entrants will tell.”

The 16 best writers (eight amateur, eight professional) will have their articles printed in special supplements of The Guardian, and featured on the newspaper’s website (

The deadline for entries is Thursday 3 May 2012. For more details of the competition, including information on how to enter, visit


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