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Lowy Institute for International Policy Media Award

The Lowy Institute Media Award acknowledges excellence in Australian print, broadcast and on-line reporting or commentary on international affairs.
 
One of the long-standing objectives of the Lowy Institute is to deepen and enrich the discussion of international policy in Australia.  We pursue that aim in a variety of ways:  through our research, our events and conferences, and our engagement with policymakers, business people, academia, media and the broader community.
 
We recognise that a lively and sophisticated discussion of the key global issues affecting Australia’s future requires a broad range of contributors.  One of the most important of these is the Australian media.
 
At a time when the media industry is going through a period of great change and uncertainty, we believe it is vital that Australian journalists continue to report and comment on events in the world that impact on Australia. It is for this reason that we have decided to establish this media award.
 
The Lowy Institute Media Award will be given to an Australian journalist or journalistic team who either through a single piece of reporting or commentary, or through a series of reports, has deepened the knowledge, or shaped the discussion, of international policy issues in Australia in the course of the last year (1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013).  
 
The prize consists of: $5,000 cash and return airline travel to Asia (valued up to $6,000).
 
The award will be decided by a panel of eminent judges: multi award-winning journalists Jana Wendt and Max Uechtritz; Lowy Institute Board Director Mark Ryan; former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer; with the panel chaired by Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove.
 
Judges will nominate candidates whose work over the last twelve months they feel best meets the award criteria, specifically:
 
•   Topicality – the importance of the issue or issues to Australia’s engagement with the world.
•   Influence – the degree to which the journalist or journalistic team’s work informed or shaped public discussion of international policy.
•   Originality – the extent to which the work brought attention to a new international issue or idea, or re-examined an existing issue from a new perspective.
•   Quality – a high standard of writing or broadcast.
 
Institute staff will also suggest candidates.  The final decision will be made by the judging panel.
 
Judging for the inaugural award will take place in August 2013.  The award will be presented at a special ceremony at the Lowy Institute in September 2013.