2008 Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) requests submissions for the annual Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism competition to recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people and to maintaining political dialogue in the Middle East.
Each article submitted for consideration will be reviewed by a panel of international judges. Each winner will be invited to Jerusalem in the Fall of 2008 for an award ceremony at the International YMCA, Jerusalem and will receive a monetary prize of $1,000 (USD).

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) requests submissions for the annual Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism competition to recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people and to maintaining political dialogue in the Middle East.
Each article submitted for consideration will be reviewed by a panel of international judges. Each winner will be invited to Jerusalem in the Fall of 2008 for an award ceremony at the International YMCA, Jerusalem and will receive a monetary prize of $1,000 (USD).
Awards will be offered for articles originally published in either Arabic, Hebrew, or English. The articles must have been published between May 1st, 2007 and July 1st, 2008 in a recognized newspaper, magazine, web-publication or other periodical. Each individual applicant is invited to submit one article for consideration. Media outlets and press clubs may nominate up to three articles for consideration.
Please consider the following questions, which will be used by the judges, while selecting articles for submission:
– Does the article address societal, national, or regional issues related to the Middle East?
– Does the language used in the article reflect on or give voice to multiple sides and points of view in a balanced manner?
– Does the article suggest or have an implied suggestion for how to manage conflict better or to work towards a constructive solution of the issue addressed?
– Are the issues handled in a self-reflective way that helps to broaden understanding among or about peoples in the Middle East? Does the article acknowledge the needs, experiences, histories, values, emotions, or beliefs of those involved, even those with whom the author disagrees?
– Is the topic, focus, or handling of the article distinctive? Does it raise questions that are not commonly raised in the media, or does it raise them in a way that is unique? Does it highlight issues that may merit further attention? Is the article timely, reflecting the context of the time and place it was published?
– Does the article display skillful writing and reporting? Is there clarity and strength of message? Is it thought provoking? Moving?

SFCG reserves the right to submit articles that meet the awards\‘ criteria for consideration from the judges. SFCG also assumes the right to reproduce the winning articles or portions thereof. Application materials will not be returned.

Please send submissions (original or quality copy of published article) for the 2008 awards competition before July 15th 2008 to Search for Common Ground; fax +972 (2) 582 0117; eMail: AwardsME2008@sfcg.org.
For further questions please call 972-(0)2-581-2049 or eMail rpolivy@sfcg.org and shusseini@sfcg.org