October 2023

The Global Young Journalist Awards: 2023 Summary

The Global Young Journalist Awards

This year, The Global Young Journalist Awards reached an important milestone as we celebrated its second year of providing a platform for young voices to be heard.

Richard Addis, the founder and editor of The Day, launched the Global Young Journalist Awards in 2022. Open to young people aged 7 – 18 from anywhere in the world, The Day is committed to ensuring that The Global Young Journalist Awards are the most inclusive and diverse youth journalism awards in the world!

Since its launch, these awards have quickly become the go-to platform for young people seeking to make their mark in the world of journalism, and our 2023 competition continued its global legacy as it garnered more than 550 entries from schools worldwide. 

This year we saw entries from countries including Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Spain, UAE, and UK. Entrants had the freedom to submit their stories in any journalism style of their preference, under any of our 12 categories like gender, politics, sports, and anti-racism. From virtual reality’s potential to treat gambling addiction to the politics of Kazakhstan, and why the Barbie movie could be the feminist film of the decade, this year’s winners covered it all!

The awards were judged by an experienced panel of journalists and media experts, including Dr. Stuart Lawrence, Laura Bates, Tom Chivers, Stephanie Hegarty, and The Day’s founder, Richard Addis. 

Bates, who judged the health, gender, and equality categories at this year’s awards, said: “It was a real pleasure and privilege to judge this year’s Global Young Journalist Awards. The entries were of a fantastically high standard and it was very inspiring to see so many brilliant budding young journalists exposing inequality, digging into important stories and making a passionate case for change. It gives me hope that the world is in very good hands for the future!”

In this year’s competition, dozens of students from around the world joined in our virtual celebration to watch the winners and runners-up receive congratulations live from the judging panel of professional journalists.

The winning students in each of the 12 categories, per age group, received a trophy and certificate, as well as their entries published on The Day’s website. They were also invited to attend our virtual celebration ceremony, where dozens of students from around the world watched the winners and runners-up receive congratulations live from the judging panel of professional journalists.

The Global Young Journalist Awards is more than just a competition; it’s a platform for young voices to be heard and celebrated. As winner Kamilla Jumayeva said, “As journalists, writers, students, and citizens, we must mobilise every tool at our disposal and commit ourselves fully to change.” Let’s keep championing these young voices!

So, next time you hear someone say that young people aren’t interested in the news or politics, just point them in the direction of the Global Young Journalist Awards. These students are proving that they have what it takes to make a difference in the world and give us all hope for the future of journalism!

Explore all of our 2023 winners and runners-up here.

This year, the awards were supported by several organisations: Hello World, Fairtrade Foundation, Voice 21, NACE, National Literacy Trust School Library Association and BrainWaves.

About The Day

The Day is a daily online news title for schools and colleges. It has over 900 subscribing member schools, teaching almost one million students.

It aims to publish news to help teachers inspire pupils to become critical thinkers and better citizens. It is part of the News Literacy Network, a group of organisations including the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and The Economist, who are committed to encouraging news literacy skills in schools.

Its editor, Richard Addis, has been executive editor of the Daily Mail, editor of The Daily Express and Sunday Express, the Weekend FT and the European edition of Newsweek. He was deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph and, outside the UK, was editor of The Globe and Mail in Canada. He still advises news organisations across the world.