The Scottish Write to End Violence Against Women and Girls Award!

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards Nominations close on Sept. 30!

Violence against women is often in the news. Its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that violence against women is so complex can mean that even journalists with the best of intentions can misrepresent some of the issues and perpetuate myths that are harmful to women.

On the other hand, good reporting can play a vital role in increasing understanding of violence against women and challenging its place in our society. And many journalists and bloggers produce high quality work which confronts violence and gender inequality.

We believe that their hard work deserves to be recognised, which is why Zero Tolerance with the support of NUJ ScotlandWhite Ribbon ScotlandScottish Women’s AidEngenderEveryday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50Rape Crisis ScotlandWomen for Independence and the Scottish Refugee Council are pleased to present the fourth annual Write to End Violence award for excellence in journalism. We are also pleased to announce the Sunday Herald will be working with us as our media partner.

This award seeks to drive up standards in journalism by rewarding those committed to furthering the cause of gender equality through their work.  It is open to all those writing in Scotland, and there are categories open to both paid and unpaid writing. Articles and blogs must be published between 01/09/15 and 01/09/16.

Anyone may nominate their own writing, or an article written by someone else any of the categories as long as the article is written in Scotland or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.

Best Article – news

  • Author must have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article must be a “hard news” story, i.e. a piece of reporting intended to objectively communicate the facts of the story.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.

Best Article – comment & features

  • Author must have received financial compensation for the piece
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article can be a comment, opinion or a more lengthy feature piece, i.e. a piece of writing intended to provide more analysis and context than a straightforward news piece.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.

Best Article – student & youth

  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Article must have been written by a student (this includes students at school, college and university as well as mature students) or by an author aged 26 or under.
  • Article can be news, comment or feature.

Best Blog and Comment piece

  • Author must not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • We define ‘blog and comment piece’ as a post with your own opinions and commentary. You can read examples of blog posts we shortlisted for previous Write to End awards. You can read examples of blog posts we shortlisted for previous Write to End awards herehere and here.
  • Personal blogs accepted, but must be freely available online.
  • Nomination needs to be for an individual blog post, not the entire blog. Multiple posts / articles from the same blog can be nominated.
  • Must have been written in, or primarily for a Scottish audience.

Gender Equality Award 2016: ‘Women and Migration’

  • The theme of this years’ Gender Equality Award is ‘Women and Migration’. Submissions could be either be on your own personal experience or an article written on the topic of women in migration. We would particularly encourage submissions from BME women and anyone with personal experiences of migration.
  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article can be “hard news”, blog, comment, opinion or a more lengthy feature piece.
  • Must have been written in, or primarily for a Scottish audience.
  • More information about this award TBD

Wooden Spoon

  • Have you seen something published in the Scottish press that is sexist, upholds rape myths, or harmful gender stereotypes? Such articles may be nominated in our worst article category, using the same online form below.
  • As per above articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication

Submissions

 

 

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