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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First Annual Investigative Journalism Competition

The Embassy of the United States of America and Ukrainska Pravda are excited to announce the first annual Investigative Journalism Competition for young journalists, journalism students, and others who are interested in or have already begun a career in journalism. The competition is addressed to young people between 18-25 years old. Contestants may pick their own topics, in which they exhibit their skills as investigative reporters. Reports must be no longer than 5 pages. The first prize winner and two runners up will be announced during the 2011 Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which will be held in Kyiv October 13-16.
Entries must be submitted via the website by September 22. Entrants will be able to update their own submission at any time prior to the deadline. A jury selected from among editors, senior journalists, media experts and watchdogs, media lawyers, and government spokesmen will rate the submissions by the end of September. Entries will be judged primarily on quality of writing, newsworthiness, and excellence of investigative skills. Winners must be deemed fit for publication, including accuracy and the ability to substantiate claims made. Final selection of the top three winners will be made by the U.S. Embassy, in consultation with Ukrainska Pravda and guided by the jury's evaluation. 
The first prize winner will be sent on a short journalism training and familiarization program to Washington, DC, and New York City (the winner must qualify for a visa to take the trip). The first runner up will receive an Apple iPad and a Canon digital SLR camera. The second runner up will receive an Apple iPad. All three will have their winning entry published on the Ukrainska Pravda website and featured on the U.S. Embassy website and Facebook page. They will also be offered the chance to have an internship with Ukrainska Pravda.
The competition is open to original, unpublished reports, as well as current, previously-published reports written in 2011, provided that Ukrainska Pravda and the U.S. Embassy receive rights from the copyright holder to publish them without cost. Ukrainska Pravda reserves the right to publish other entries in the competition besides the three winners.

Public Affairs Section
United States Embassy Kyiv
4 Hlybochytska St.
Kyiv 04050 Ukraine
(380 44) 490-4026, 490-4090
Fax (380 44) 490-4050

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