Each year, the Ulrich Wickert Foundation’s journalism award honours the best articles and reports on the subject of children’s rights. Uniquely in Germany and Austria, a special prize awards the dedication of girls and boys in developing countries who stand up for their own rights by participating in Plan International media projects.

The Ulrich Wickert Award for Children’s Rights is awarded in three categories:

International: to a journalist from one of the 52 programme countries of Plan International for coverage on children’s rights. Send us your application!

Germany / Austria: to a journalist in Germany and Austria for an article specifically about the rights of girls in one of the 52 programme countries of Plan International.

Special prize: to a group of children or teenagers, who advocate children’s rights in media projects of Plan International in one of the 52 programme countries. Recommend a media project!

Journalists in any news departments and freelance journalists based in Germany, in Austria and the 51 partner countries of Plan International are eligible to apply. Pieces in English, French, Spanish and German that were published between 1 January and 31 December 2016 in print or online media, radio and television may be submitted. The number of entries is limited to one piece per journalist.

Closing date 09 April 2017. The awarding takes places on 28th of September 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

In the judging, decisive emphasis is placed on the detailed, balanced and understandable account of children’s and/or girls’ rights. The pieces should inspire readers to apply themselves to the quest of long-term improvement of girls’ and boys’ living conditions in developing countries.

“Plan International was founded in 1937 by the British journalist John Langdon-Davies. He has shown what a journalist can do to accomplish our common goal. I am happy that with the Ulrich Wickert Foundation we are able to continue the tradition of this commitment to children’s rights, and at the same time give new impetus.” — Ulrich Wickert

For more information, please contact us via e-mail presse [at] plan-deutschland [dot] de.