ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration in Italy 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is offering the sixth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage of labour migration in 2020. This year’s themes are ‘fair recruitment’ and ‘the future of labour migration’.

The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues. Across the world, migrants face prejudice, intolerance and stigmatization in their workplaces and communities. Negative public narratives can lead to abuse and exploitation, and challenge social cohesion.

This year, specific coverage of the issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers and their families, including with respect to the non-payment of wages, will be encouraged and viewed favorably.

“Today, information shapes opinions and actions in all corners of the world but it can also easily distort realities and further harm people. The COVID-19 pandemic has further brought to light this need for accurate, balanced and ethical media reporting,” says Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO Labour Migration Branch and one of the competition judges.

The “synopsis” category will be open to both professional and student journalists, and provides an opportunity to secure resources to develop an important migration story that journalists believe should be published.

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The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, based on creativity, accuracy and balance, protection of migrants, and positive portrayal of labour migration.

Worth of Award

  • The competition will award three prizes for professional journalists or media experts on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers: two prizes will be awarded for a published media piece and one prize will be awarded for a synopsis.
  • The competition will also award one prize to a student journalist for a synopsis on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers.
  • The winners will be able to choose between cash (US$1,200 in the published media piece and US$500 for the synopsis category) or a paid fellowship to participate in course in 2021 on a fair recruitment or labour migration at the ILO’s International Training Centre


  • To qualify, entries must have been published between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020.
  • A submission in any language is welcome, however an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material, or parts of it are in another language.
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How to Apply

  • Complete the online entry form in the category of either ‘professional’ or ‘student’ category.
  • You can submit your piece in the following categories: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio.

Deadline: Applications close October 31, 2020 (23:59, Central European Time)


Click here for more details and to apply