Journalist members of Unifor are invited to enter a new international journalism award that aims to encourage reporting on social justice, peace and the environment.
“Unifor is proud to be participating in this award program. Journalism is vital to a strong democracy and the stories reporters write play an essential role in helping us understand the complex and important issues facing us today,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
Unifor Communications Representative Stuart Laidlaw, a journalist for 25 years and past unit chair of the Toronto Star and vice-president of Local 87-M, is a member of the expert panel for the awards. He will help select the shortlist of stories eligible to win the top prizes.
The Fetisov Journalism Award (FJA) was set up is 2018 and is accepting entries for the first time this year. The deadline for submissions is October 1, with prizes awarded in four categories:
- Outstanding Contribution to Peace
- Contribution to Civil Rights
- Outstanding Investigative Reporting
- Excellence in Environmental Journalism
First prize is 100,000 Swiss Francs (about $130,000 Canadian, second prize is $20,000 Swiss Francs ($27,000) and third prize is 10,000 Swiss Francs ($13,000). Winners will be announced at a ceremony is Lucerne, Switzerland in January.
Stories published in a newspaper, magazine, journal or online between from June 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019 are eligible for entry. Complete rules and entry procedures are available on the FJA website.