SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 GLOBAL SHINING LIGHT AWARD

The Global Shining Light Award honors outstanding investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The award is presented by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) every two years.

CRITERIA
The journalist, journalism team, or media outlet must have provided independent investigative reporting, which:

+ Originated in and affected a developing or emerging country;
+ Was broadcast or published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018;
+ Was of an investigative nature;
+ Uncovered an issue, wrongdoing, or system of corruption which gravely affected the common good;
+ And did so in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and their families, or threats and intimidation.

AWARD CATEGORIES
– Small & Medium Outlets (organizations with staff of 10 or less, including freelancers)
– Large Outlets (organizations with more than 10 staff)

DEADLINE
Submission deadline is May 19, 2019, 11:59p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). Submissions after this will not be considered.

JUDGING PROCESS
An international panel of six judges, consisting of investigative journalism experts, will decide on the winner. The judges, in their discretion, may select more than one winner to recognize outstanding work.

AWARD CEREMONY
Winners will receive an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
If story submissions are in languages other than English, you must provide a detailed English-language summary of a print or online story, or an English-language transcript of a broadcast script. Include an electronic link to your story/video. Electronic links are preferred but if no link is available, upload your story via the form. If you run into any problems, send an email to shininglightaward@gijn.org.