Canadian High Commissioner announces Awards for Pakistani Journalists

Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ross Hynes invites applications for the inaugural Canadian Awards for Pakistani Journalism in the Public Interest for print‚ radio and television (electronic) media.

Eminent Pakistani journalists‚ with the support of the Canadian High Commission‚ have designed and will judge the award. High standards of journalism on issues of public interest play a vital role in upholding democracy. Applications shall be reviewed on the basis of professionalism and impact with regard to how the reporting serves the public interest by advancing public policy discussion and strengthening government accountability to the public.

Application Criteria

Nominations and applications shall contain highlights of reporting from 2011 (in either Urdu or English) as follows:

• Print media: printed copy of report(s) totalling up to 2000 words shall be accompanied by an electronic or scanned CD version of the same‚ if possible;

• Television & Radio: highlighted clips totally up to 10 minutes shall be in CD format along with a printed transcript‚ if possible.

Separate awards shall be given for print‚ television and radio. Applicants shall note if they are under 30 years of age‚ for which there will be a distinct category of awards.

Completed nominations or applications‚ along with full contact details‚ received by 13 April 2012 at the following address shall be considered:

Media Relations Section
Canadian High Commission
PO Box 1042 Islamabad‚ Pakistan

Awards Ceremony

The Canadian High Commissioner shall announce the winners at a ceremony at the Islamabad Press Club in June 2012.