The 2012 Media for Liberty Award seeks to acknowledge and encourage media contributions that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty. The most outstanding entry, as selected by our distinguished panel of judges, published or transmitted in the preceding calendar year (between January 1 and December 31, 2011) will receive an award of $50,000.
The promotion of economic and political liberties requires continual examination by policy makers both in the United States and across the globe. But the media can play an equally vital role in promoting these freedoms through its treatment of and attention to issues of the day, and the societies, cultures and people who are either prospering or struggling in their pursuit of them. Journalism – from various viewpoints and in various format – that illustrates this correlation will become increasingly relevant as boundaries are lifted and these ideas applied globally.
Sample topics and issues might include (but are not limited to):
- Government involvement in private enterprise (TARP, health and financial reform)
- Dependency on foreign oil
- Access to healthcare (universal care, rationing, Medicare)
- Sovereign debt
- Basic goods (food, housing, healthcare) becoming prohibitively expensive for the middle class consumer
- Ultimate cost of globalization from a societal, cultural, economic perspective True cost of ethanol and its impact on food and fuel
- Fair trade
- Global tax and regulatory changes
Entries must have been published or transmitted via print or electronic media between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Eligible media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, journals, radio, television and websites, must be generally recognized in their markets and accessible to a broad audience in the United States.
Deadline: January 9, 2012
For the official contest rules, entry form, judging parametres, etc click here.