Call for application 2018/19 – 8° Edition

Roberto Morrione Award 2018 – 19 for investigative journalism

All competition entries must be submitted to the Administrative Office by midnight of 20th January 2019

Purposes

The Prize is promoted by the Association “Amici di Roberto Morrione” and supports investigative reports on topics relevant to the Italian and/or European political, social and cultural life, such as: environment, rule of law, human rights, new technologies, economic development.

Eligibility

The Prize is open to anyone above 18 and born after 21st December 1988. It is also possible to participate in groups of maximum 3 members. The age limit applies to each member of group and additional members cannot be added during the implementation phase. A candidate can participate either as an individual or as part of only one group and for one category only.

Characteristic of projects

There are two categories: (i) video report and (i) experimental investigation

Video report

Each project must include:

  • The topic of the investigative report
  • The objective of the report
  • sources and witnesses available for collaboration
  • a production plan (places and timing of shooting and interviews, storyboards)

Projects must be submitted online following the modalities mentioned in the form on the website www.premiorobertomorrione.it

Among all the proposals received, the Prize will select three projects to be funded. Each project will receive a contribution in cash of € 4,000 in two installments. During the implementation phase, the authors of the selected projects will be supported by tutors for: supervision, technical and journalistic support, legal advice.

The maximum length of each production is 20 minutes.

During the four months of production activity, in case of disagreements or other serious conflicts and issues which could compromise the completion of the work, the evaluation committee and the tutors reserve the right to withdraw the financing.

Experimental investigation

The search for ever new display forms of journalistic products inevitably also involves investigations. The potential of cross-media languages and styles, by their constantly changing nature, always offer new opportunities, sometimes capable of foreshadowing the future. The experimental section was conceived to support the realization of proposals aimed at interpreting this trend.

Candidates for this category of competition will, therefore, be free to propose investigative projects that can be developed using any language, technology, and style. By way of example: web-doc, different forms of storytelling, graphic novel, web series, audio investigation, photodocumentary, video-gaming, animations. In other words, everything innovative and experimental, suitable for journalistic narration, that has so far been used or that, on the contrary, it is only to be so.

The widest freedom of expression must, however, be accompanied by a detailed and precise description of:

  • theme and topic
  • heuristic objective (the purpose of the investigation)
  • informative orientation (target)

This description should include a detailed list of the materials necessary for the realization of the project and a conceptual map aimed at clarifying the links between contents and styles.

Among all the experimental investigation projects, a maximum of 4 will be selected. Their proponents will be invited to a day of casting in Rome (travel expenses are charged to the organization). Each participant will be given the opportunity to present their project to the committee. Each candidature (single or group) will have 9 minutes to present the objectives and the work to be carried out.

Among this list of projects, the committee will choose the project that will be developed with the contribution of the Roberto Morrione Award.

This project will be awarded a cash contribution of € 4,000 euros (in two installments) and the support of a journalistic tutor. The investigation project will be carried out with the involvement of legal and technical tutoring and will be able to make use of musical advice provided by the Association.

Although some changes might occur during the implementation period, the final project must be overall consistent with the one initially presented.

During the four months of production activity, in case of disagreements or other serious conflicts and issues which could compromise the completion of the work, the evaluation committee and the tutors reserve the right to withdraw the financing.

Deadlines

All competition entries must be submitted to the Administrative Office by midnight of 20th January 2019, filling the form and including the required attachments.

The day of the casting, for the selected experimental investigation projects, will be communicated in advance and will take place by 30th March 2019. On that same day, the selected projects will be announced.

The implementation phase will last approximately 4/5 months. During the implementation phase, participants will be informed on technical parameters for the final products. Projects of low technical quality or that do not comply with those parameters might be ruled out from the competition.

Final prize

One prize in cash of € 2,000 will be awarded to the best video report, based on the irrevocable decision of the evaluation committee. This report will be broadcasted by Rainews24, according to their time schedule. If admitted to the final Prize, the Experimental investigation will be automatically awarded with an additional € 2,000.

By submitting their entries, authors authorize the organizers to process and use their personal data and videos and to screen them via television, web and other means used by Premio Roberto Morrione. They further agree to sign the specific disclaimer.

ENTRY FORMS are available online at www.premiorobertomorrione.it/bando