The Best of Mobile Journalism
The Mobile Journalism Awards is an annual global competition run by the Visual Editors Non-Profit to identify, advance and celebrate the best mobile journalism reporting each year.
#MojoAwards has three categories:
Mobile Journalism, Crisis Reporting, Documentary
CALL FOR ENTRIES
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.
A special Live screening event will take place online on October 18, 2023 featuring a panel of the finalists, a screening of their work, and winner announcements.
Live #MojoAwards Show
Oct. 18, 2023
Register for free ticket and get updates about the Awards.
In addition, the best films from the Mobile Journalism Awards competition are also 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 last year’s #MojoAwards show.
• 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
Mobile Journalism filmmakers whose films have been selected will be screened at live event(s) and journalism festivals.
Each journalist who has a film selected in the #MojoAwards festival at www.Mojo.Show will be awarded $500 gift certificates from the Smart Film School.
A list of previous winners can be found here.
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.
Congrats to all who enter!
The following sponsors have made donations to support the #MojoAwards.
Luma-Touch, Røde, Smart Film School, MoonDog Labs, Filmocracy, IK Multimedia, Shoulderpod, and Shure.
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
Naila Hamdy, Director, The American University Cairo
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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 has received 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.
Visual Editors,NFP is listed in Guidestar.
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.
A selection of top #MojoAwards work premieres in April each year at the NABshow in Las Vegas.
Follow this page and the #MojoAwards hashtag on Twitter for all competition announcements.
Official updates will be posted by @MobileMost and @VizEds
The best work from each awards season is also curated in this permanent collection at the Smart Film School.