Thomson Foundation Mobile Journalism Competition 2018 (Win a fully-funded trip to Ireland for Mojofest)

Thomson Foundation Mobile Journalism Competition 2018 (Win a fully-funded trip to Ireland for Mojofest)

Deadline: April 10, 2018

The Thomson Foundation invites entries for the Mobile Journalism Competition. The competition is a leading showcase for mobile journalism (‘mojo’) talent. Now in its fourth year, and this time in partnership with Mojofest – a global celebration of mobile content creators – they are once again inviting entries.

This is an open competition to find the best journalistic example of the use of mobile content production for storytelling. Last year’s competition attracted nearly 100 entries from 28 countries. The growing number of entries each year demonstrates just how the mobile phone has enabled a new generation of journalists.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next mojo star, then submit a feature story or news report filmed and edited entirely on a mobile device, which excites, intrigues and surprises and demonstrates impact and creativity. The winner will receive a mojo kit worth nearly €1,000, plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Galway, Ireland, for Mojofest in May (29-31).


  • Prize 1: The winner will receive a full mojo kit worth approximately €1,000, plus return flights to Galway, Ireland, five-star accommodation and tickets to Mojofest from 29-31 May 2018, a festival dedicated to mobile journalism and headed up by one of the most respected mojo voices in the industry, Glen Mulcahy.
  • Prize 2: Five runners up will also receive free access to Glen’s popular mobile journalism online course from their Journalism Now programme.


  • The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over.
  • Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

How to Apply

  1. Create a mobile journalism story, either a feature or TV-style news report with a run time of 2-5 minutes. The most important thing is that the story is shot and edited entirely on a mobile device (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, RIM Blackberry, etc) and that the video content is delivered in high definition.
  2. The story must be produced by ONE individual and entries will be marked on the following:
    • Journalism: Originality and credibility of the story, demonstrating original research, effort and use of interviews.
    • Impact: Importance of the subject matter and the impact the story has achieved.
    • Uniqueness to medium: Innovative and appropriate use of mobile-recording techniques.
    • Storytelling: Clarity of the storytelling.
    • Technical quality: Technical quality of the production.
  3. Entries should ideally be in English, however, other languages with on screen subtitles are acceptable. 

Entries should be submitted using the entry form no later than 11.59pm (GMT) on Tuesday 10 April, 2018.

For more information, visit Thomson Foundation.