Nokia and Press Gazette, organisers of the British Press Awards, today
announced the creation of a new award to recognise and celebrate the
growing phenomenon of citizen journalism. The Nokia Citizen Journalism
Awards are open to any member of the public that has had a photo or
video clip published or used by a newspaper, magazine, broadcast
service, internet news service, blog or photo sharing website in the
last 12 months.
Entries can be submitted to a specially created website at www.citizenjournalismawards.co.uk
and will be judged by a distinguished industry panel including Jon Snow
(Award winning presenter of Channel 4 News), Vicky Taylor (BBC News
Interactivity Editor), Nick Wrenn (Editor CNN.com Europe), and Glyn
Genin (Chairman of the Picture Editors Awards and former Financial
Times Picture Editor). The deadline for entries is June 30th.
- The growing usage of camera phones, camcorders and other
recording equipment has largely driven the explosion in citizen
journalism in recent years.
- The Boxing Day tsunami marked a key turning point with
video clips from those on the ground forming a key element of news
coverage of the tragedy.
- When the Buncefield oil depot blew up last December, the
BBC received over 6,500 emails containing pictures and video footage
from the public.
The Nokia Citizen Journalism Awards are the first of their kind to
recognise and honour the citizen journalist and aims to ensure that
citizen journalism is seen as a credible and important part of the new
Both direct entries from the originator and nominations from within the
media industry will be considered. The winner will take home a complete
Citizen Journalism pack including the Nokia N90 cameraphone, photo
printer and membership to the Flickr photo sharing website.
Commenting on the award, Ian Reeves, editor of Press Gazette, said,
Citizen Journalism has exploded onto the media
agenda and we hope this award will mark a key next step in recognising
this phenomenon as an important and credible part of journalism.
With its long standing heritage in recognising and
rewarding journalism in the UK, Press Gazette is the perfect partner
for us in creating this new award,
Shipley, Communications Manager, Nokia UK.
For more information on the Nokia Citizen Journalism Awards, please