This year’s Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards are now open to submissions.

The awards celebrate responsible journalism that highlights the issues people seeking protection in Scotland face every day.

With divisive rhetoric dominating the headlines, it’s more important than ever that reporting is fair, accurate and works to dispel any common misconceptions or scapegoating seen in the media or UK politics.

Entrants can submit their own work, nominate a colleague or enter something great they’ve seen, heard or read.

The closing date for submissions is May 13th. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Glasgow on June 13th. Find out more and enter here.

We organise the event in partnership with the National Union of Journalists.

The award categories are:

Written news: a print, online or multimedia news report on a current or breaking news story

Features: a written newspaper, magazine or multimedia piece that creatively explores refugee issues

Broadcast: a piece of filmed news or reporting on tv or online

Radio: news reports, full-length radio documentaries r excerpts from a magazine programme

Local media: this category covers local and regional Scottish media and includes print, online and broadcast

The event is an uplifting antidote to the polarising headlines we see daily, and a show of solidarity and friendship across different communities. Attendees include members of community groups, grassroots organisations, people who have shared their stories with the media, journalists, people working in the sector and SRC staff.

The event has the people in the nominated stories at its centre and celebrates both well-researched, sensitively written content, and the people who made the stories possible.

Find out more about the awards and how to enter here.


Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage