The Media for Liberty Award is open to journalists worldwide whose original works bring new insights on societal issues, news events, economies, political structures and cultures that illustrate their prosperity or struggle in their pursuit of a free market environment and civil liberties uninfluenced by government agenda.
Sample topics and issues might include (but are not limited to):
- Government involvement in private enterprise (TARP, health and financial reform)
- Dependency on foreign oil
Access to healthcare (universal care, rationing,
- Sovereign debt
- Basic goods (food, housing, healthcare) becoming prohibitively expensive for the middle class consumer
- Ultimate cost of globalization from a societal, cultural, economic perspective
- True cost of ethanol and its impact on food and fuel
- Fair trade
- Global tax and regulatory changes
Submitted works will be reviewed by a jury panel and evaluated based on the degree to which the theme is addressed, inspirational and educational value, relevance to the public discourse, and mastery of media format.
Prior year's recipients were CBS 60 Minutes for a segment titled "Congo Gold" that traveled to the war-torn region of eastern Congo to investigate the connection between the mining of gold and other precious minerals, and an essay in The Atlantic titled "How a New Jobless Era will Transform America" that examined the likely lasting effects of the recent Great Recession on American society, culture and politics.
Eligible media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, journals,
radio, television and websites, must be generally recognized in their
markets and accessible to a broad audience in
- Length: Print entries may not exceed 20,000 words. Electronic entries may not exceed 120 minutes.
- Language: All entries must be in English, or submitted with an English translation or with English subtitles.
- Examples: Eligible entries may include news reporting, feature coverage, investigative reporting, articles, essays, editorials, commentaries, documentaries and educational works.
- Programs produced and intended for general theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.
The winner will be notified in
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