By Md Haque Noor Alam
GOMBAK, 8 October 2017: Youths from the ASEAN countries are invited to participate in the 2017 ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest where winners would have a chance to win up to US $1,000 plus an opportunity for free travel to Singapore to attend a workshop, and later on to implement a social awareness project in their countries.
According to U.S Mission to ASEAN website, the announcement was made by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) whereby “Citizen Journalists” are invited to submit an essay describing a theme that is important to the youth in the ASEAN Community, such as youth entrepreneurship, employment, awareness raising, volunteerism and leadership, and building resilient community.
Based on their essay submissions, 20 youths will be competitively selected to participate in a workshop which will be held in Singapore where they will undergo training to develop and implement a social awareness activity in their respective countries.
The contest is supported by the ASEAN Foundation and the U.S. Government through ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS, a joint project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. State Department. Additional support is being provided by the Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund and Singapore Polytechnic.
Anyone wishes to participate has to write an essay on one of the selected themes described above, explaining the theme, why it is important for youth in ASEAN, and how it is relevant in one’s own life. Essays must be written in English, contain a maximum of 600 words, use 12-point Times New Roman font and be double-spaced.
The writing contest is open for any existing or aspiring citizen journalist who is not a professional journalist or a full-time employee of any established media outlets.
The applicant must hold an ASEAN member country passport (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and resides in the country of citizenship.
Applicants must be aged between 18 to 30 years on October 13th, 2017.
Deadline for applications is October 13th, 2017 at 5:00pm Jakarta/Bangkok time.