Asia Society Seeking Entries for 2019 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia
NEW YORK, February 4, 2019 — Asia Society is currently seeking applications for the 2019 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a reporter or team of reporters who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia during the 2018 calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia.
Asia Society encourages submissions from individual reporters, and from outlets based in Asia. Applications must be received by March 15, 2019.
The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, also referred to as the “Oz Prize,” honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and former editor-in-chief of Newsweek. Elliott set new standards for reporting and editing, and became one of the earliest practitioners of “civic journalism,” the deliberate focusing of the journalistic enterprise on urgent issues of public policy.
An independent jury of distinguished writers, award-winning journalists, and Asia-hands, chaired by Marcus Brauchli, managing partner of North Base Media and former editor of the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, will review nominations and select the winner.
Last year, Asia Society awarded Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters the 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The Burmese journalists led a team of Reuters reporters in Myanmar and Bangladesh to publish searing accounts of violence against the Rohingya. Their arrest in December 2017 prompted an international outcry. Other recent winners include Ellen Barry of the New York Times (2017) for a series of stories examining the role of women in India’s economy and society, Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post (2016) for a series on Afghanistan, and a team from Bloomberg (2013) for an exposure on the interlocking business interests of China’s elite class.
The next winner of the Oz Prize will be honored at a special program at Asia Society in New York City on May 21, 2019.
• A submission can consist of a single written story, or a series of stories around a specific theme.
• For the purposes of the award, “Asia” is defined as the area from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. It does not include the Arab Middle East.
• Journalistic work must have been published in English, during the 2018 calendar year.
• All nominations or direct applications are limited to one per writer or team.
• Submissions are only accepted electronically, via the submit button below, which includes access to submission requirements and instructions.
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