Asia Society Seeking Submissions for 2020 Annual Journalism Prize
NEW YORK, February 13, 2020 — Asia Society is currently seeking applications for the 2020 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 specifically during the 2019 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 27, 2020.
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 Associated Press for a series titled “China Clamps Down” that explored how China’s Communist Party asserted itself over the population in the Xinjiang region of Western China and its implications for religious liberty, privacy, and minorities. Other recent winners include Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters (2018), who published searing accounts of violence against the Rohingya and were later jailed because of it for more than 500 days; Ellen Barry of the New York Times (2017) for a series of stories examining the role of women in India’s economy and society, and Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post (2016) for a series on Afghanistan.
The next winner of the Oz Prize will be honored at a special program at Asia Society in New York City in May 2020.
• 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 2019 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. Please submit any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org