PANOS-GKP JOURNALISM AWARDS 2004 Transparency, good governance and democracy: Do ICTs increase accountability? Panos and GKP are pleased to call for submissions for the 2004 "Reporting on the Information Society" awards. The topic for this year is "Transparency, good governance and democracy: Do Information and Communication Technologies increase accountability?" Four awards of $1,000 each will be made for the best journalism on this topic produced by journalists in developing and transition countries. These awards, which were launched by Panos and GKP in 2003, aim to encourage and bring to international recognition thoughtful and incisive reporting that goes beyond describing information projects or new investment initiatives to analyse their social and political impacts and policy implications. Print, radio, TV and web journalism are all eligible. To submit a piece of work for consideration, send a clipping, audio or video tape, transcript or web reference by email to: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com; or by post to: Murali Shanmugavelan, Panos Institute, 9 White Lion St, London N1 9PD, UK The work submitted must have been published/broadcast between 1 January and October 15 2004. Deadline for submissions: Oct 15th 2004. This year's theme:- Transparency, good governance and democracy: Do ICTs increase accountability? It is generally accepted by governments, communication specialists and the development community that information and communication are essential for development. The World Summit on the Information Society (2003), for example, was convened "to harness the potential of information and communication technology to promote the development goals of the Millennium Declaration". Among the most important ways information and communication technologies (ICTs) can contribute to development are considered to be encouraging information openness, speeding up processes of exchange of information, and reducing opportunities for corruption. Good governance, said the United Nations Human Development Report in 2001, depends on effective information systems, and is crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. ICTs may contribute to good governance in different ways. There are many formal "e-governance" projects, such as digitising land records or voting procedures, which aim to facilitate citizens' access to officialdom and reduce opportunities for corruption. Citizens may gain new opportunities for engaging in political processes, or for holding public and commercial bodies accountable. On a more general level, internet and email may facilitate civil society networking and action. More broadly still, there is a global movement for freedom of information, and many governments and businesses are having to redefine their policies on transparency. But ICTs alone may not be enough to end deep-rooted habits or political cultures of excluding citizens from access to information. In some countries, governments are proving resistant to change, or projects to improve access to information are reaching fewer people than expected. These are important issues for journalists to investigate and analyse. Panos and GKP invite journalists from developing and transition countries to submit work that has been or will be published this year in their own country or internationally, on aspects of communication, transparency and good governance. The work may focus on the role of any technology-assisted communication medium - internet and web, telephones, press, radio or TV. It can be any form of journalism and in any medium. About us: Panos London is an NGO which exists to stimulate debate on global development issues, including media and communication issues. Panos works with journalists in developing countries to produce news, features and analysis about the most critical global issues of today. Panos London is part of a network of Panos Institutes in eleven countries. The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is a worldwide network of organizations committed to harnessing the potentials of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable development. GKP is the world's first multistakeholder ICT for Development (ICT4D) partnership at the global level, with members comprising governments, donor agencies, private sector companies, civil society, networks and international institutions. Submission criteria and instructions § Only journalists who are citizens of or living in developing or transition countries may apply. § The work submitted can be a piece of print, radio, TV or online journalism. § A journalist can submit as many pieces as s/he likes. § Types of print/web article that will be considered include news reports, features, analysis, interviews, opinion/think pieces, and editorials. Broadcast pieces can also include debates and phone-in programmes. § There is no maximum or minimum length § Submitted works should be stories or features relating to the question of whether or how information and communication contribute to transparency, good governance, democracy and accountability. The story can focus on any technology-assisted communication medium, but it will extend beyond merely reporting an event to analysing its significance in the light of the wider development issues and the concept of the information society. § We are interested in stories that take account of gender aspects. § The work must have been published or broadcast between January 1st and October 15th 2004 (or publication/broadcast must be confirmed to take place before October 15th 2004) and you must provide evidence of this - a newspaper clipping, web reference or broadcasting schedule (or details of broadcasting - station, time, date, name of programme). § Video material should be submitted in PAL format. Audio material can be submitted on cassette, or as MP3 files. § Print or online submissions can be in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. Radio or audiovisual submissions in languages other than English must be accompanied by a full transcript in English. Please give the following information with your submission: Name Sex Employment (eg "Business reporter with the Zambia Daily News") Postal address e-mail address Telephone number Your covering letter (in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese) should give some information about the medium in which your submission was published eg national or local newspaper, national or community radio. If your submission was originally in a non-European language, please state what language it is in, and give some information about the status and users of this language (eg "It is the language of the xx people, who live in xxxx. This language is not the main language of the state, but there is one newspaper and two radio stations that use it.") Please indicate briefly some other stories about communication issues that you would like to research and report on, for which you might use the award if you received it. Reports that were commissioned by Panos are not eligible for this award. Panos will auto-acknowledge email entry/ies from each contestant. If you do not receive one within 48 hours, please send your entries again. Selection criteria We will seek to make one award to a journalist from Africa, one to a journalist from Asia and one from another region; we will seek to award at least one to a woman journalist. 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