The Mobile Journalism Awards is an annual global competition produced by the Visual Editors Non-Profit to identify, advance and celebrate the best mobile journalism reporting each year.
Join the Live Awards Show on October 16, 2023 at 7 p.m. Berlin time.
REGISTRATION IS FREE
Celebrating The Best of Mobile Journalism
#MojoAwards has three categories:
Mobile Journalism, Crisis Reporting, Documentary
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Enter your work for season five of the #MojoAwards.
Season 5 Winners will have their films screened at international events and receive prizes donated by Zacuto, IK Multimedia, and the Smart Film School.
SMALL CAMERAS, GLOBAL IMPACT
Finalists films are screened at a special event at the NABSHOW in Las Vegas each year and by invitation at global journalism conferences and other events organized by U.S. Speaker Program.
NAB Show – Las Vegas
The Mojo Awards finalists are screened at the NABshow.
The workshop is hosted by the Broadcaster Educator’s Association.
International Journalism Festival – Perugia, Italy
The Mobile Journalism workshop included a screening of finalists films at the 2023 Festival in Perugia, Italy.
In addition, the best films from all seasons of the Mobile Journalism Awards are curated in a permanent collection at the Smart Film School.
This allows scholars from all walks of life to review the collective body of documentary film work and new entries from each year’s competition results.
Students need not be intimidated to submit their work.
In fact, a female student from Mexico was awarded Best Documentary honors in season two.
• An open call for feature stories, news reports, travel stories, and human-interest features that have been shot primarily with smartphones.
NOTE: Judges can make several awards from work entered into this category. It all depends upon the variety, originality and quality of the work sent in.
• Assets from other small mobile gear like portable mics, GoPros, Drones, 360° and Action Cams is allowed.
• English Subtitles (burned in) are mandatory for any non-English scenes.
• All aspect ratios are supported (Square, Horizontal, Vertical).
• Non-fiction subject between 3 and 10 minutes in length on any topic. Must be accurately reported with integrity using journalism ethics. Creative approaches to editorial illustration and narrative exposition that push the frontier of the documentary genre forward are certainly welcome.
Entries may consist of reports, documentaries, live shots, news packages, or human-interest features that have been shot primarily with smartphones.
• Stories can be filmed in any location (battlefield, border crossings, homes, in transit, or anywhere necessary to tell the story of the crisis).
• Assets from other small mobile gear like portable mics, GoPros, Drones, 360°, and Action Cams is allowed, but material that was clearly produced with the capabilities of larger cameras is ineligible.
• English Subtitles (burned in) are mandatory for any non-English scenes. All aspect ratios are supported (Square, Horizontal, Vertical).
The best Documentary Short Films and Mojo Stories are screened at a special event at the NABSHOW in Las Vegas (In partnership with the Broadcast Educators Association).
HOW TO ENTER
CALL FOR ENTRIES
This competition showcases the best stories and mobile storytellers each year.
Journalism is a cornerstone of free speech and a strong defender of democratic ideals.
By raising the standards for mobile journalism and hosting public screenings, journalists can show the impact of non-fiction storytelling.
The Mobile Journalism Awards recognize excellence in non-fiction storytelling by mobile reporters.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Winning films are be screened at live event(s) and international journalism festivals each April.
Each journalist who has a film selected in the #MojoAwards festival will be awarded $500 gift certificates from the Smart Film School.
Finalists films from the fourth season of the #MojoAwards were showcased in special screenings in April at the NABshow and the International Journalism Festival.
These are the finalists from Season Four. https://www.visualeditors.com/mojoawards-finalists-for-season-four/
Proceeds from this event and the #MojoWorkshop support Visual Editors, NFP – A public charity that provides visual journalism educational resources.
The public can also support this project by giving to the charity.
Visual Editors is a USA registered 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2014 to support visual journalism education. Officers and staff donate their time and expertise – there is no payroll, our overhead is bare-bones.
Your contributions directly support these programs.
Donations can also be made by bank wire transfer if you prefer.
The Visual Editors, NFP treasurer can provide you with details when you are ready to give.
Congrats to all who enter!
Marta Machado, Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
Marcela Kunova, Journalism Co UK
Becky Beamer, Photo Journalism Professor, Oslomet University, Norway
Robert Stewart, Emeritus Director, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
Kim Fox, Professor, The American University Cairo
Jacques Rosselin, Head of the EFJ School of New Journalism, Paris
Aphrodite Salas, Journalism Professor, Concordia University, Montreal
Naila Hamdy, Director, The American University Cairo
JOIN THE #MOJO CLUB FOR FREE
The #MojoAwards is also a #MojoMeetup where you can network with MOJO colleagues from around the globe in real time and share tips about the latest tools and techniques.
Join the international mojo community online (for free!) at MOST – Mobile Storytellers.
#MojoAwards receives mobile journalism stories from reporters in United States, India, Brazil, United Kingdom, Mexico, China, Italy, France, Canada, Russian Federation, S. Korea, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Chile, Jordan, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Ireland, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, Switzerland, and Israel.
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Visual Editors non-profit
Broadcast Educators Association
National Association of Broadcasters
Society for News Design
EFJ School of New Journalism
The American University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Latin American Congress of Mobile Journalism
This group of forms the competition committee. The directors of journalism schools, editors-in-chief, and media development experts volunteer their expertise to the non-profit.
They also advise on categories, judging criteria, and help to coordinate additional screening events of the winning work from this competition.
The #MojoAwards are a project of Visual Editors, NFP, a Chicago-area non profit that supports visual journalism scholarship.
Make a tax-deductible contribution to support this project.
More ways to donate
Institutional donors may request a copy of the organization’s 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS and the certificate of good standing issued by the Illinois Secretary of State.
Films from the winners premieres in April each year at the NABshow in Las Vegas.
Follow this page and the #MojoAwards hashtag on Twitter for all competition announcements.
The best work from each awards season is also curated in this permanent collection at the Smart Film School.