Migration Reporter Competition

As part of its response to irregular migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to engage journalists in Nigeria and other parts of the world in information campaigns aimed at preventing trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, and promoting safe migration. Recognizing the power and popularity of the media, IOM helps to share expertise with journalists to enhance their reportage including on ethical reporting, usage of migration data, and protection concerns.

In November 2020, IOM launched the Migration Reporter competition, an annual competition to offer a platform for journalists who provide trusted and reliable information to at-risk youth by sharing compelling stories about the migration experience. Understanding the role of the media as public educators, IOM, through its “Trusted Sources” project, created the competition as a platform to recognize exemplary media coverage.

The Migration Reporter is designed as an annual competition to commemorate International Migrants Day, a United Nations day to raise awareness about the benefits and challenges of international migration, as well as to recognise and celebrate the contributions of migrants to their countries of origin and the communities that welcome them. The competition rewards the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of nine works of journalism in three different categories dealing with the challenges faced by migrants in their quest for a better life, the risks of trafficking and smuggling and other thematic areas that address contemporary issues on migration.

Journalists from all media houses, as well as independent and freelance professionals in Nigeria can participate in the competition by sending previously unpublished or published materials to compete for the grand prize of NGN 300,000 (three hundred thousand naira), and a laptop.


To ensure that entries align with the competition’s priorities as well as to maintain a rigorous and equitable review of all entries, the jury panel for the competition will consist of individuals including communication professionals from various UN agencies as well as external experts who are chosen based on their experience and expertise. Each panel will review and rank the entries and advise accordingly.


The three categories and requirements are:

1. Video and Photo: a short documentary (min. 5-10 minutes minimum and max. 15 minutes) or a photo series (5-15 photos) with captions in English providing a short description of the photo, location, credit and date.

2. Radio: an audio reportage (min. 5 minutes and max. 10 minutes) or a coherent series of short reports (3-5 episodes of max. 5 minutes).

3. Print/online: a written article of minimum 1,500 words.

Terms and Conditions

a) The competition is open to all journalists and media professionals based in Nigeria. Submitted entries will be evaluated by an independent jury and the selection will be based on the potential to have an impact on the audience as well as their creativity and demonstrated knowledge of subject matter, data and terminology. Other criteria include accuracy and balance, demonstrated focus on protection of victims of trafficking, and positive portrayal of safe migration pathways. All entries must be in English, and where other languages (Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo) are used, the entries shall be accompanied by a translation in English. Additionally, entries submitted with photos or videos of individuals shall be accompanied by the respective informed consent forms. In the case of children, consent forms signed by parents or guardians must be submitted. Stories on victims of trafficking where the individual can be identified, either by their names or likeness, will be disqualified.

b) IOM will only consider original works that have not been previously published in print, digital or online publications.


The jury will select three winners under each category. The winners will be announced on all IOM media platforms and the winners will receive the following prizes:

• First prize: NGN 300,000 and a laptop.

• 2nd prize: NGN 150,000.

• 3rd prize: NGN 100,000. 

Submission and deadline

All entries must be submitted to: migrationreporter@iom.int on or before 23 November (11:59pm WAT).