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2022 IOM Migration Reporter Competition for Nigerian Journalists (USD 6,000 cash prize)


The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is organising a reporting migration competition in West and Central African countries to foster quality reporting on reintegration and protection of migrants. Nigeria is participating in this competition.

This initiative is based on a “solutions journalism” approach, which aims at identifying and responding to key social issues. The goal of this journalistic approach is to:

  • Tell migration stories in a balanced and ethical way.
  • Share accurate information to help communities and families to support migrants in making informed migration choices.
  • Share fair stories that can contribute to upholding the dignity of migrants worldwide.



To participate in this competition, journalists are invited to submit their published print, online or broadcast items (radio or video) on the below thematic areas:

  • Irregular migration, return and reintegration
  • Migrant protection
  • Migrants with vulnerabilities 


Submission criteria

The winning submissions will be selected by a jury made up of IOM experts and partners. The articles will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The articles or reports should have been published or aired on a TV outlet between July 2021 – March 2022
  • Submitted content should have been published in English by a media outlet during the competition period
  • Focuses on one of the thematic areas listed above
  • Articles should not exceed 5,000 characters
  • Video or audio/radio reports should not exceed 30 minutes

Participants must be:

  • 18 years old or above
  • Nationals or resident of Nigeria

Journalists will compete for a share of USD 6,000. The cash prize will be distributed as follows:

  • Print
  • 1st Place: USD 800
  • 2nd Place: USD 500
  • 3rd Place: USD 300
  • Radio
  • 1st Place: USD 800
  • 2nd Place: USD 500
  • 3rd Place: USD 300
  • Television
  • 1st Place: USD 800
  • 2nd Place: USD 500
  • 3rd Place: USD 300
  • Online
  • 1st Place: USD 800
  • 2nd Place: USD 500
  • 3rd Place: USD 300

The winning submissions will also have their pieces republished on a media partner’s platform.

Competition rules

  1. Entry into the competition is free.
  2. Participants must be 18 years old and older at the time the entry was published.
  3. Only nationals from Nigeria can participate.
  4. The competition is open to journalists from all media houses or freelance professionals.
  5. Entries must have a thematic focus on any of three above-mentioned areas.
  6. Entries must have a geographic focus on Nigeria.
  7. Prior to submission, an entry must be published or broadcast through a media outlet (in print, online, or on air). The articles or reports must have been published or aired on the media outlet between July 2021 and February 2022.
  8. Articles should not exceed 5,000 characters
  9. Video or audio/radio reports should not exceed 30 minutes
  10. The articles of reports must be in English.
  11. Only entries in which the applicant is the primary author or the co-author of the submitted piece will be accepted.
    • Multiple entries are acceptable. However, each submission must be submitted online separately.


Activity Date
Launch and promotion of competition April 2022
Receipt of submissions 6 April – 6 May 2022
Jury finalizes winning submissions June 2022
Awarding ceremony in Abuja End of July 2022

Application Deadline: May 6th 2022

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