Asia Society Seeks Applications for Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize
NEW YORK, February 9, 2022 — The Asia Society is currently seeking applications for the 2022 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 2021 calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia. Submission criteria is detailed below.
Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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 the prize to Alice Su of the Los Angeles Times for her reporting on China. Other recent winners include Gerry Shih of The Washington Post for China coverage (2021); an Associated Press team for its series “China Clamps Down” about China’s assertions in the Xinjiang region of Western China (2019); Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters (2018), who provided searing accounts of violence against the Rohingya and were later jailed because of it for more than 500 days; and Ellen Barry of the New York Times (2017) for a series of stories examining the role of women in India’s economy and society.
The winner of the Oz Prize will be announced in May, and honored at a special Asia Society New York program.
- 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.
- All nominations or direct applications are limited to one per writer or team.
- Additional weight will be given to submissions by a single reporter.
- Submissions from outlets in Asia are encouraged.
- Journalistic work must have been published in English, during the 2021 calendar year.
- Submissions must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2022.
Submissions are only accepted electronically, via the submit button below, which includes access to application requirements and instructions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.