2014 COMMUNICATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AWARDS
 
Nominations are now closed for the 2014 CSC Awards.                                                                                         
 
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The Communication for Social Change Award was established in 2006 to recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations to the theory and practice of Communication for Social Change (CSC); specifically those that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to using communication to transform and empower marginalised communities.
 
Communication for social change is an emerging frontier, the goal of which is to use communication processes, techniques and media to facilitate social, economic and technological development.
 
This is the only award of its kind in the world. It is administered by the Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) at the School of Journalism and Communication, within The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. This award has been extremely successful in acknowledging ‘unsung’ and courageous people, recognising individuals from across the world, involved in diverse activities.
 
The award consists of a $AUD 2500 prize and a travel package to participate in the Award Ceremony in Australia. The visit will also be used to promote the impact that communication initiatives can have in development efforts. Each year two awards will be presented: one to an individual and one to an organisation/institution. Those awarded can be either practitioners/activists working the field, or theorists.
 
The objectives of the award are to:
  •     Recognise knowledge generation and major theoretical innovations in the field of communication for social change;
  •     Acknowledge innovative and practical communication and social change projects that have contributed to grassroots-level sustainable development; and
  •     Appreciate the contributions made by individuals and organisations whose moral courage and extraordinary commitment to communication for social change expands the boundary of this field.
Process and eligibility
 
Winners in the two categories will be selected by an independent jury comprising senior academics, media representatives and development assistance experts, based in Australia.
In selecting the Award winners, the CSC Award Jury will consider both significant contributions to the theory of CSC, and notable achievements in applied communication practice. The theoretical and practical work of Award nominees should reflect and/or be directly relevant to key CSC themes.
The CfCSC four key themes are participatory development communication, media and empowerment, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and social change and communication for transdisciplinary R4D (research for development).
The CSC Jury will also consider the pioneering contributions made by theorists and practitioners, as well as the long-term sustainable development impact of their work, communities impacted, commitment made, applicability, and timeliness. The award nomination process is open to women and men, from any political persuasion, religion, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
 
Criteria 
 
The CSC Award Jury will review applicants and select those most outstanding according to the following criteria.
 
Practitioner/Activist Applicant Theorist/ Researcher Applicant:
  •     Clearly in line with key communication for social change themes
  •     Innovative
  •     Timely/contemporary (completed work in the last 5 years)
  •     Grassroots and community based (in rural and urban contexts)
  •     Supporting marginalised groups/communities
  •     Contributes to sustainable development
  •     Demonstrates extraordinary commitment
  •     High percent of take-up with target group  
 
Theorist/ Researcher Applicant:
  •     Clearly in line with key communication for social change themes
  •     Contributes to a major theoretical innovation or knowledge generation
  •     Timely/contemporary (completed work in the last 5 years)
  •     Applicable to practice
  •     Contributes to sustainable development
  •     Demonstrates extraordinary commitment
All nominations must be received by no later than Friday 29th of November, 2013.
 
Application Forms
 
Contact details
 
Ms. Samantha Ryan - Project Officer
Centre for Communication and Social Change
Tel: +61 7 3346 3092
Email: ccsc@uq.edu.au
 
For further information on the CSC Award, also contact:
Ms. Claudia Sepulveda Astengo -Communication & Research Officer
Centre for Communication and Social Change
Tel: +61 7 3346 3092
Email: c.sepulveda@uq.edu.au

 

 

 

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