Daily Archives: 3 March 2007

Osborn Elliott Prize for excellence in journalism

PRESS RELEASE from Deanna Lee of the Asia Society: The Asia Society is pleased to announce that it is now seeking nominations for the fifth annual Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a writer who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. Criteria for the prize include consideration for the impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia. The next winner of the “Oz Prize,” whose work was produced during the 2006 calendar year, will be announced at a special program at the Asia Society in New York City this spring.

The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia honors legendary journalist and author Osborn Elliott, former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, who set new standards for reporting and editing and became one of the earliest practitioners of “civic journalism”—the deliberate
focusing of the journalistic enterprise on urgent issues of public policy. Previous winners include Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times and Matthew McAllester of Newsday (2006), Philip P. Pan of TheWashington Post (2005), John Pomfret of The Washington Post (2004) and Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times (2003).

An independent jury of distinguished writers, award-winning journalists and Asia-hands, chaired by Norman Pearlstine, senior advisor on telecommunications & media for The Carlyle Group, will review nominations for the prize from both media organizations and journalists. All nominations or direct applications are limited to one per organization or journalist.

Submission Requirements: Name of journalist; complete contact information, including address, email,
telephone and fax; a photograph or headshot of journalist for use at public announcement of the winner (image may be submitted as a print photograph or as a 300dpi image on disk in tiff or jpeg format); 15 copies of the body of journalistic work to be considered; a submission can consist of a single article, a series of articles around a single theme or a body of work including various themes.

For the purposes of this award, “Asia” is termed as defined by the Asia Society, comprising of countries from Iran eastward up and including Australia and New Zealand. It does not include the Arab Middle East. The work must be in English; all submissions must be complete and received by March 9, 2007. Please submit all materials by mail. Electronic and fax submissions will not be accepted. Submissions should be directed to: Deanna Lee, Vice President, Communications, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021


About Asia Society: Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative ex-pression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.


Can ‘boycott’ be a word in the news lexicon?

Can news organisations decide unilaterally to boycott events and individuals and yet call themselves news organisations?

Back in the innocent 1980s, The Hindu decided to ban coverage of horse racing for a while in protest against the fixing that was going on. (The fact that the paper’ then publisher, the recently deceased S. Rangarajan, had an interest in horse-racing swung the debate.)

When Praveen Togadia was barking like a cracked canine in the aftermath of Godhra and spewing hatred on television, there were many who advocated starving the heart surgeon of the oxygen of publicity. And every now and then, some minor press union or the other announces a boycott in protest against something or the other.

But the Associated Press has gone the whole hog. The news agency has announced that it will no longer run stories about Paris Hilton, the 26-year-old socialite, actress, singer, hotel-fortune heiress who has been described a “celebutante”, and who runs into trouble and storms into the headlines every day.

The boycott has since been called off, but a precedent has been set. Good move? Bad move? If Hilton can be banned from its wires, what is to prevent AP from, say, announcing a boycott of North Korea or Kashmir or Abu Ghraib?

What’s the whole idea? That AP has had enough? That it wants others to also follow suit? That it thinks that Hilton does whatever she does every day only to grab some column centimetres? That the moment the papers and channels stop covering her antics, she will stop those antics?

In other words, does a tree that falls when nobody is around, not make a noise?

Read the full story here: We’ll always have Paris?

BBC South Asia mobile photo competition

The BBC is running a mobile photo contest, arguably South Asia’s first. The theme is “My Changing World”. There are three prizes: an iPod video, a digital camera, and a Worldspace receiver. The last date is March 31, 2007.

Further details on: South Asia photo competition

Picture courtesy: BBC

The beauty of this internet revolution

The great thing about the blog revolution is that it allows the consumer to peek into the mind of the provider, to participate in, and add, delete or change what the provider might dish up to the consumer in the end, in a manner in which traditional media would not allow or even scorn at.

Howard Owens, for instance, makes public a nifty quote on the direction in which personal journalism is headed for a presentation he is going to make next week:

“As digital devices make communication more direct, relevant and personal, media becomes an individual noun. In order to capture the interest of people, producers and publishers who deliver content in a personal voice will connect with a growing audience. In this media environment, people will find definitive-voice journalism less interesting and less trustworthy.”

Your comment on it could make a difference, in a manner of speaking.