Calling all journalists

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Billy Briggs was presented the NUJ's Special Award for his committment to refugee reporting.

Our annual awards competition celebrating Scotland’s best media coverage of refugee and asylum issues is calling for entries.

The Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards is staged by Scottish Refugee Council, the British Red Cross and the National Union of Journalists.

It aims to encourage and recognise fair, accurate and balanced coverage of asylum seeker and refugee issues in Scotland.

Categories for all

The awards are open to all UK journalists who have had work published or broadcast in Scotland from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Nominations may also be made by a third party. 

The awards are split into six categories: Print (national, news), Print (national, features), Print (local), Digital Media, Broadcast Media and Photography. There is also a Special Award sponsored by the NUJ, which will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony.

This year, the awards ceremony will be held on World Refugee Day (Friday 20 June) at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow’s Merchant City. It will be one of the highlights of Refugee Week Scotland – a festival of events, co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK.

Reporting of refugee and asylum stories really can be a life or death issue." Gary Christie

Gary Christie, Scottish Refugee Council's Head of Policy and Communications, said: "We view the Refugee Week Media Awards as an annual highlight and this year they are extra special as they are being held on World Refugee Day.

"Reporting of refugee and asylum stories really can be a life or death issue. Good reporting shines a light on the complexities that people have to face, leads to greater public understanding of the reasons people have to flee and helps open up the political debate. 

"That's why we feel it is important to acknowledge the hard work that many journalists do throughout the year to cover these important issues."

How to enter

Entries for print categories can be in .pdf or Word Document format, photography should be sent as a .jpeg and emailed to DMasterton@redcross.org.uk 

Broadcast entries can be emailed as MP3 or MP4 files to the same address, or sent by post on DVD form to: Derek Masterton, Senior Media Relations Officer, British Red Cross, 4 Nasmyth Place, Hillington, Glasgow G52 4PR

All entries will be judged by a panel including leading industry figures and refugee journalists, photographers and broadcasters. 

The closing deadline for entries is Wednesday 7 May 2014.

Find out who won last year

Find out more about Refugee Week Scotland