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Arts & Culture Story of the Year




ENTRIES OPEN: Wednesday 24th July 2019

ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 6th September 2019




Entries must have been written/produced/published/broadcast for a news organisation’s UK Office between 8th September 2018 and 6th September 2019.

  • Entry is FREE but only one article, radio or television broadcast per Journalist/Programme/Production Company may be submitted in each category.
  • Each piece of work may be submitted only once.
  • A journalist may enter more than one category.

The FPA Committee warmly welcomes members to enter in all categories. In addition there are 2 categories reserved exclusively for FPA Members and another category for the Best Story about Britain written in a foreign language.




  1. All entries should be accompanied by a brief description (200 words approx.) by the author or proposer explaining why the piece deserves to win. For example, an explanation of the difficulties in obtaining the information, the levels of risk involved in the reporting, etc. This document should be uploaded as a PDF onto the entry form at the time of submission in the area marked Nomination Letter.
  2. Great care should be taken to enter the story into the correct category on the entry form. Failure to do this may result in disqualification. Please be aware that the subject categories (Sport, Environment & Science etc.) will be closely adhered to by the judging panels, so please do not enter stories with only a tenuous link to the category as the judges may choose to disqualify it.
  3. The two FPA Member categories (Print/Web & TV/Radio) are for stories written or produced by a fully paid-up member of the FPA based in London.
  4. All foreign language entries should be accompanied by an English translation.  In cases where this is difficult, please contact the organiser on mediaawards@fpalondon.org where assistance may be available.
  5. Entries for the TV News category should be no longer than 7 minutes total duration.  If an item is longer, it should be entered in Documentary Story of the Year.
  6. TV Compilations will not be accepted.
  7. Where articles or broadcasts form part of a narrowly defined series, a maximum of two parts of the series may be submitted.
  8. Each year the Journalist of the Year is drawn from among the finalists and is awarded by the FPA Committee in recognition of outstanding work.  There are no separate entries for this category.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no discussion or correspondence can be entered into.
  10. Entrants will be notified at the beginning of November if they have reached the finals. Each finalist and the guest of their choice will receive a free invitation to attend the Awards Dinner on 25th November at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly.




All newspaper/magazine entries should include a PDF copy of the published page as well as the related, published URL link.


TV and Radio entries should provide a URL or YouTube link on their completed online entry form.  Files less than 128MB can be uploaded directly to the site.


TV & Radio entries should also upload any publicity photo/promotional matter for their programme/story in the form of either a jpg or a PDF.


Additionally all entrants must also upload a photograph of themselves in the space on the form marked photograph.  In the case of a team entry, photographs of all members of the team who wish to be credited must be added at this stage.


Special care should be taken with the spelling of entrants’ names and that all people needing to be credited are on the forms, as if successful, it is these spellings and names that are used for engraving the Awards




ENTRIES OPEN: Wednesday 24th July 2019

ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 16th August 2019


Entries for this category should be made on the Thomson Foundation Awards site. Enter Here

  1. Age: Entrants must be 30 years of age or under on 25th November, 2019.
  2. Location: For the purpose of this competition the “developing world” is defined as countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) of $20,000 or less. Entrants should be from a country that meets the GNI criteria and reporting from/in that country or, if not in their country of origination, in another country fitting the same GNI criteria. To find out if your country qualifies, please see: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD
  3. Portfolio: Each entrant should submit a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding 16th August, 2019 (the 12 months prior to the deadline for submissions). The entries can be in any format: print, audio, video, multimedia, or a combination of all four. Applicants can email their articles as attachments or provide links to their stories online. If necessary, they can use a file-transfer application such as WeTransfer for large audio or video files. A written statement of no more than 200 words per story giving a summary of the content and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication or broadcast, should also be submitted.
  4. Language: Entries can be in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.
  5. Verification: Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant’s current editor, on headed company notepaper verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is freelance, or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications/websites/broadcasters where the work appeared, or by a journalism academic familiar with the work of the entrant.
  6. Collaboration: Entrants should provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organisations on the stories that they have submitted.
  7. Plagiarism: Checks will be made for plagiarism and any entrant found to have submitted work which is not their own will be automatically disqualified.

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