Thursday, December 24, 2020

2nd ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Essay Contest 2021


The 2nd ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Contest 2021 is inviting youth “Social Journalists” to submit an essay and campaign ideas describing a theme of “#ASEANYouth and COVID-19 ─ Response, Recovery, and Resilience”. We are inviting the talented ASEAN’s youth to share and promote fact-based and compelling messages showcasing the importance of ASEAN youth at the forefront of efforts to combat the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Based on the essay submissions, we will competitively select up to 20 youth from 10 ASEAN Member States to participate in a virtual workshop to develop and implement a social awareness activity in their respective countries.

This contest is endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) and supported by the ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Secretariat, Ireland Embassy, and the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT, a joint project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. State Department.

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Two members from each ASEAN country will be selected to travel to Brunei Darussalam, to attend a 4-day workshop to develop and implement a social awareness activity in their respective countries. Attractive prizes await for the top three winners!


  • Any existing or aspiring social journalist that holds an ASEAN Member States passport (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) and resides in the country of citizenship. Note: professional journalists who are full-time employees of established media outlets are not eligible to participate).
  • The interested ASEAN youths are required to form a team of two from the same nationalities. The applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age on 26 April 2021.
  • Selected finalists must be able to communicate fluently in both spoken and written English.
  • Selected finalists must have active Facebook and Gmail accounts for ease of communication with the trainer and other participants.

How to Apply:

  • Write a TEAM’s essay (maximum 500 words) and its summary inclusive of the campaign ideas (maximum 300 words) on the selected theme described above, explaining the theme, why it is important for youth in ASEAN, how it is relevant in your own life. The summary must answer the following enquiries:
    • What is the problem you are trying to solve with your campaign?
    • What evidence do you have that there is a problem?
    • What is your target audience?
    • What qualifies you to be listened to by the target audience?
    • How will your campaign contribute to solving the problem?
    • What will be the expected tangible results of the campaign?
  • In the application form, list any supporting references to existing publications or sources that support the information in the essay. Such references can be in any format, such as text, photos, infographics and audio/video.
  • Complete the application form at and upload all attachments as requested.

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