The Mencap Journalism Awards 2017

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Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

Mencap Journalism Awards 2017

As the budding journalists of the future, Mencap is calling on all of you to enter our inaugural Journalism Awards

Journalism Awards

This year we celebrate our 70th anniversary. As part of a year of celebration, we’re launching the Mencap Journalism Awards, to encourage discussion and raise awareness of issues surrounding learning disability.

Although a lot has changed in the last 70 years, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the challenges that people with a learning people face and to help change attitudes towards learning disability.

We want to encourage the journalists of tomorrow to write about issues surrounding learning disability, as well as allowing those with a learning disability to have a greater voice in the media.

This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring journalists under the age of 26 to have your work reviewed by some experienced journalists on our judging panel, as well as getting your writing published. We’re also offering some fantastic cash prizes to our winners and runners up.

How to enter

We’re inviting aspiring journalists under the age of 26 to enter one of two categories – broadcast journalism or print journalism.

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

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Broadcast journalism

In this category we ask entrants to submit a piece of broadcast material between 3 and 5 minutes long, suitable for broadcast on radio, television or online.

This can be a documentary, interview or news bulletin and must explore learning disability in a new and creative way to capture the attention of our judges.

In your submission, please include:

  • the length of your piece
  • your full name
  • the name of your college/university and course (if you’re a student)

To submit your entry please complete our online form.

Go to the form

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Print journalism

In this category we’re asking entrants to submit an 800 to1000 word article (either as a Word document (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file).

This can either be a news, investigative, interview or feature piece that would be appropriate for publication in tabloid, broadsheet or a consumer outlet. You can decide which type of outlet you would be writing for from these options.

You can write on a topic of any choice, but it must be of relevance to the work and ethos of Mencap.

In your submission, please include:

  • a word count
  • a headline
  • your full name
  • the name of your college/university and course (if you’re a student)
  • the type of publication you would be writing for (tabloid, broadsheet or consumer)

To send us your submission please upload it through our online form.

Go to the form

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

If you have any questions or problems with your submission please email mencap@blj.co.uk.

 

We look forward to receiving your entries!

The prizes

We’ve got some fantastic cash prizes available to the winners and runners up of each category.

A cash prize of £1000 will be awarded to the winners of each category.

£700 will be awarded to the runner up in each category.

£500 will be awarded to those in third place of each category.

Mencap will also use the winning submissions on their website, and in other PR activities. Mencap will retain publishing rights to all entries made.

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