Initiative to End Sexual Violence in One Generation Announces Contest for Newsmakers in Partnership with Poynter Institute
Raliance introduces The RALLYs, a new contest to award journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence.
WASHINGTON, D.C.(Dwv. 21, 2017) – Raliance, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, announces the launch of the The RALLYs awards to honor the highest level of journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence. Together these national leaders recognize the importance of sexual violence reporting and the critical role journalists play in educating the public on this widespread, but preventable, issue.
The awards competition is designed to enhance public understanding of sexual violence and to promote media coverage with context and credibility. “We know sexual violence is a complex topic, and news coverage on sexual assault and rape impacts general public perceptions,” Raliance co-founder Karen Baker said. “These awards are intended to celebrate journalists who have made significant contributions to enhance public understanding of how sexual violence impacts individuals, families and communities.”
“We are honored to work with Raliance to elevate the powerful work of journalists on this important topic,” said Poynter Vice President Kelly McBride. “These awards acknowledge the vital role of media in telling these stories in our communities and across the country.”
There will be four award categories highlighting everyday journalism, digital innovation, investigative series and feature stories. Four $500 cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category.
Submissions will be accepted online and judged by experts in journalism and sexual violence. The deadline for submission is March 17, 2017.
The RALLYs will be presented at the Raliance Media Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. This one-day event will bring together journalists to advance news coverage on sexual assault. Registration is now open for this event.
This contest is made possible by The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, and generous sponsorship from the Glover Park Group and the National Football League.
For more information on The RALLYs Awards guidelines and eligibility, visit: www.raliance.org
Raliance serves as the central hub for effective allocation and distribution of programmatic funding in sexual violence prevention and as the go-to resource for policymakers, advocates, service providers and the media. Raliance is funded through a $10 million multiyear commitment from the National Football League. The name was inspired by the entity’s intent to rally engagement from stakeholders and align goals and resources behind its overarching mission of putting a stop to sexual violence once and for all. Learn more at Raliance.org.
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