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Energy Journalist work call for submissions

Energy of Words calls for submissions of top Energy Journalist work

Brussels – Energy of Words, an annual international media award established in 2004 by the Global Energy non-profit partnership, calls for submissions of the best examples of energy print journalism for consideration in this year’s award.

Each year, Energy of Words recognizes a journalist who through his/her work has made a significant contribution to raising reader awareness and understanding of global energy issues, trends and solutions.

Journalists and editors are welcomed to send a single submission that they believe represented the best work in energy writing. The submission should have been published between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2013.

The submissions can be based on general news coverage, opinion pieces or interviews published in journals, magazines and newspapers, including online outlets, and published in any language. The deadline to submit an application is 1 March 2013.

“It pleases us to know that The Energy of Words award is the first of its kind. Each year we collate and assess the most exciting energy publications from around the globe. Last year alone, we received articles from journalists spread across 39 countries and written in more than 20 languages, including rare Asian and African dialects. As you can imagine, it was some feat for the team to translate everything! The types of articles that grabbed our attention were the ones that were not only interesting but had a stirring or contentious story to tell also. For instance, last year’s winner, Martin Fackler of the New York Times, was awarded the prize for his outstanding coverage of the Fukushima accident. What we liked most about Martin’s work was that it not only provided unique insight into one of the most discussed industrial disasters of recent memory, but that his account was all the more gripping thanks to his exposure of the Japanese government, which concealed vital information regarding the accident. We advise this year’s entrants to keep this in mind when making their submissions”, said Igor Lobovsky, the President of the Global Energy Non-Profit Partnership.

The winner will receive a week long, all-expenses paid trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, and will participate as a special guest in the international Global Energy Prize Laureate’s Week in June 2013. The winner will also have the opportunity to discuss energy issues with the 2013 Global Energy Prize Laureate.

More details about the award and the application process are available here:

Perspectives are provided below of recent winners of the Energy of Words award:
“Energy of Words is one of a few awards which recognize outstanding achievements of energy correspondents and writers. This is a great way of encouraging journalists all over the world to engage in this topic and to continue spreading ideas about energy and environment.” – Mr. Martin Fackler, the Tokyo bureau chief of The New York Times, winner of the 2012 award for his exceptional contributions to the coverage of international energy issues with his series of articles on Fukushima.

"The energy sector has never been more important. A rising world population and increasing wealth means more and more power will be needed in future. All this at a time when we need to move away from fossil fuels and more towards low carbon alternatives. An award of this kind can only help encourage journalists to write more and bring technological breakthroughs, environmental dangers and political bottlenecks to wider international attention." – Mr. Terry Macalister, Energy, Editor of The Guardian, winner of the 2011 award for coverage of the exploration and production of oil in the Article circle.

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