Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards honor the best mobile journalism reporting each year.

#MojoAwards are organized by a partnership of journalism schools and non-profits to recognize excellence in non-fiction visual storytelling.

Winners will be announced and screened between April and July at global journalism festivals and projected in cinemas.

(And there are gear prizes for winners being provided by top manufacturers)

The competition site makes it easy to submit your mobile journalism stories.

The competition recognizes the best video reporting, documentary film photojournalism and audio reporting being produced with smartphones and small pocket cameras.

The best work will premiere at the Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio and then at cinema screening events in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Cairo and Germany. The winners will be revealed (one-by-one) between April and July at these events.

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The coalition of partners is building the competition, organizing local screenings and curating the resulting body of work in a way that benefits the next generation of mobile storytellers and educators.

Judges are nominated by the directors of these journalism institutions.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism — Ohio University
School of Film — Ohio University
Visual Editors non-profit


EFJ School of New Journalism

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

The American University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Latin American Congress of Mobile Journalism

This group of volunteers is the competition committee and will be hosting screening events of winning work at their respective locations.


Deadline is January 22, 2020

Judging will take place in rounds beginning in February 2020.

Winners will be announced at the screening events starting in April, 2020.
Each event will reveal a different category winner.

The Innovation Prize will announced at the Global Media Forum in Bonn.
There is no entry fee for this category.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum


Best Documentary
• Non-fiction subject Between 3 and 10 minutes in length on any topic. Must be reported using observational narrative ethics. e.g. No staging, No scripting, and No casting allowed.

Best Documentary Short
• Non-fiction subject up to 3 minutes in length on any topic. Must be reported using observational narrative ethics. e.g. No staging, No scripting, and No casting allowed.

Best News story
• Max 3 minutes

Deadline reporting
• Breaking news and live reporting. Unplanned, and on-deadline.

Best Social Media Story
• Max 2 minutes on any topic 

Best Audio Story
• Best Podcast, Radio report. Live show or series. Max length 10 minutes.
Please submit your entry as a video project by using your audio story for the soundtrack and a still frame title card for the video track.

Best Photography
• Best non-fiction photography shot with a smartphone. No digital adjustments to image other than minor exposure and color corrections are allowed. No staging. No filters. No kidding.

Best Travel Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Sports Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Feature Story
• Max 3 minutes

Finished on Mobile
• The entire project was edited and finished with mobile videos editing apps like LumaFusion. No laptop or desktop computers were used to finish the work.

Innovation prize
• Submit a project that stretches the boundaries. (For example: Creatively exploit a unique feature or failing of mojo, Code a killer Mojo app, or assign 12 reporters to Mojo swarm an event using only smartphones)
The judges are looking for amazingly experimental ideas that can inspire others.

Call for Entries

Winners stories will be screened on this giant screen at The American University Cairo, fabulously restored grand theater on Tahrir Square.


In addition to the global film screenings, prizes will be awarded to top winners thanks to gear being donated by Shoulderpod, Luma Touch, Røde, Sirui, Insta360, the Smart Film School, Moondog Labs, and Shure.

Luma Touch, for example, is providing four new iPads to the prize pool.

NOTE: We are seeking additional gear sponsors and also foundation funding in order to make cash grant awards to student winners.

Why are these awards important?

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.

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Finding new audiences 
Mobile journalism documentaries are winning top prizes at film festivals from L.A. to Berlin and being screened to live audiences in cinemas as a result.

Mobile journalists now have a film competition to call their own.


The common goal is to raise standards by honoring the best work each year and to provide a valuable resource and benchmark for educators, students and professionals worldwide.

  • With an annual competition and screenings around the globe.
  • To organize a collection of the best of mobile journalism from the judging results.
  • Identify a working group to develop a code of ethics for MOJO.


Make a tax-deductible contribution to support this 501(c)(3) non-profit project.

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 Secretary of State.

Visual Editors,NFP is listed in Guidestar.


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