ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration 2022 ($1,200 cash prize)

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Applications are invited for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Media Competition on Labour Migration 2022. Its aim is to recognize fair and balanced reports that contribute to the elimination of xenophobia and discrimination against migrant workers.

Recognizing and promoting ethical and quality reporting is increasingly significant, as media can promote a toxic public narrative reinforcing prejudice, intolerance and stigmatization against migrant workers and their families.

The Global Media Competition contributes to support the production of quality reporting and raising awareness about labour migration, which is a topic that features strongly in the United Nations Declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.


The objective of the competition is to recognize exemplary media coverage of labour migration by encouraging professional and student journalists to submit a piece of their work, whether it be in the form of a written article, photo essay, multimedia material, video or radio.

Submitted entries should:

  • Highlights the benefits of well-governed and safe labour migration, including fair recruitment and/or raises awareness of the risks and dangers of irregular, unsafe and/or badly governed labour migration, including recruitment.
  • Portrays migrants’ contribution to the social and economic development of countries of origin and destination without overlooking the negative aspects of the labour market situation of migrant workers (e.g. often a hard reality of abuses, exploitation and violation of human and labour rights).
  • Demonstrates creativity and accuracy. For more information on how to understand, find and tell a story on forced labour and fair recruitment, including concrete tips for improving media productions and story ideas, see the ILO toolkit for journalists: Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment .
  • Uses non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing terminology. The use of the right words is key for quality reporting, to avoid stigmatization and positively influence the debate on migration. The ILO Media-friendly glossary on migration provides a list of rights-based terminologies and language that the UN supports.


  • Three professional prizes and one student prize will be awarded. Winners can choose between a cash prize of US$1,200 in the professional category and US$500 in the student category, or a paid fellowship to participate in an online ITC-Turin fair recruitment, or labour migration course in 2023.


  • Open to professional and student journalists around the world;
  • You are allowed two submissions per persons maximum.


Complete the online entry form and submit your piece in the following formats: written press, photo essay, multimedia, podcast, video or radio. A submission in any language is welcome. However, an English, French or Spanish translation must be included. Students are allowed to submit a published or unpublished media piece.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit ILO Global Media Competition.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.