Asia essay contest: Thoughts on social media and citizen journalism wanted
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Asia essay contest: Thoughts on social media and citizen journalism wanted

If you’re an Asian student interested in how social media is influencing modern society and journalism in particular then you will be interested in this essay contest organised by The Fund For America Studies (TFAS).

Details below come from the International Journalists Network website:

The 2011 Fundamentals of Freedom Essay Contest is open exclusively to undergraduate and graduate journalism students to citizens of 22 Asian countries.

Organized by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), this essay contest asks young journalists to write an 800-1600 word essay on the role of social media and citizen journalism in today’s society.

The first place winner will receive US$500, and the second and third place winners will receive US$250 and US$100 respectively. Winning essays may also be published on the TFAS website and distributed to their network of universities, think tanks and other organizations.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old.

They must also be citizens, but not necessarily a current resident of one of these countries: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam.

The essay, release form and an updated resume must be submitted by September 16.

The entries will be scrutinised by a very respectable judging panel of three:

  • Professor Richard Benedetto, American University; TFAS Faculty, Journalism Internship Seminar (Capital Semester and Institute on Political Journalism) and retired White House and national political correspondent for USA Today
  • Yolanda Jinxin Ma, Social Media Editor at South China Morning Post
  • Dr. Kimberly Meltzer, Professor at Georgetown University

I don’t qualify on age, nationality or education status but would very interested to hear (and perhaps see submissions) from any readers who do go and compete in the competition.

There are plenty of examples in Asia to support an essay entry (I’ve covered a few examples on this very blog) while the prestige on offer with the small cash incentive should inspire interesting entries from Asian students – good luck!