10 January 2019.


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The True Story Award 2019

The first globally-oriented journalism prize aims to set an example to motivate journalists all over the world and to strengthen them in their work. In the 21st century, journalism’s role as an indispensable critical institution for democracy is continually and everywhere being put to the test: freedom of the press is limited, the media is politically controlled, economically instrumentalised, and digitally fragmented.

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The central idea of the prize is to supplement and broaden the predominantly Western view of the world with other perspectives. Due to the nature of media coverage, readers in North America and Europe have a view of the world different to those in the Arab world, Africa and Asia. The prize encourages the broadening of our field of vision through the voices of reporters from different countries.

The True Story Award has no editorial, economic or ideological agenda. It simply hopes to recognise first-class journalism.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • 2 November 2018
    Awards website launch
  • 10 January 2019
    Closing date for entries
  • 30 August – 1 September 2019
    Reporter Festival Bern featuring the Nominees
  • 31 August 2019
    Award Ceremony in Bern, Switzerland

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

For the True Story Award 2019, reportage from all over the world can be submitted. Texts should have been published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 in daily or weekly newspapers, magazines, or online.

  • The submission deadline is Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 12 am (CET). Late submissions will not be considered.
  • The texts’ length should be between 15 000 and 85 000 characters including spaces.
  • Re-published texts, books and manuscripts are ineligible.
  • Visual and audiovisual works are ineligible.
  • Essays, biographies and historical non-fiction are ineligible.
  • Texts must be submitted by their authors.
  • In submitting their work, authors declare that their work covers actually researched events and that it complies with journalistic standards.
  • Texts written in languages other than those of the 12 jury groups must be submitted in English translation.

If their work is nominated, the authors grant the organisers of the True Story Award the right to publish their work in English translation on the website and in German translation in the festival publication at the time of the annual award ceremony. If nominated, authors will receive 3 000 Swiss francs, on condition of attending the award ceremony on August 31, 2019 in Bern.

Opportunity Cost


The 42 nominated reporters will be invited to the True Story Award ceremony in Bern (flights, accommodation and meals will be covered). The total prize pool is 177 000 Swiss francs, which is divided as follows: the 42 nominees each receive 3 000 francs. This sum will be personally awarded during the True Story Award ceremony. The main jury will then select the three best texts from the 42 nominees, who will be rewarded as follows:

  • prize: 30 000 francs.
  • prize: 20 000 francs.
  • prize: 10 000 francs.
  • The award ceremony will be held as part of a festival on August 31, 2019, in the Bern Theatre. The winner will receive 30 000 Swiss francs in prize money, while the total prize money amounts to 177 000 Swiss francs.

How to Apply

First Step: Choose the original language of your article and

Second Step: 

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This Scholarship Published by:
Manar Ali/Egypt

Reviewed by” Ahmad Samy/ Egypt 
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team