CIME Ethicontest 2012


The Center for International Media Ethics is proud to announce the 3rd Ethicontest for journalists and media professionals from all over the world! The contest is an essay writing competition open to aspiring and established writers, journalists, freelancers and students.

The Topic

Can citizen journalists produce professional journalism?

The Prize

  • The winner of the CIME Ethicontest will be awarded a scholarship to become certified in J-Ethinomics, CIME’s online media ethics training course.
  • Furthermore, the winner will receive a signed copy of the upcoming new book of Stephen J. Ward: Global Media Ethics – Problems and Perspectives (to be published January-February 2013). It would be a perfect addition to the bookshelf of any journalist or journalism student. Please note that the book is in English language.
  • In addition, the best pieces will be published on the CIME website and in the CIME newsletter.

The Judge

The Essays will be reviewed and evaluated by Dr Stephan J. Ward acknowledged media ethicist and award-winning author, professor and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His latest book, Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives, will be published in January 2013 and he kindly offered a signed copy for the winner of CIME’s third Ethicontest.


The Essays should be no longer than 2000 words and written in English language. Please note that due to the large number of submissions we are not able to assess essays submitted in other languages. The essays should be sent to the email address no later than 13 January 2013 along with name, country of origin and contact information of the author. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.

If you are planning to submit an article that has already been published somewhere, please include the reference (in case of online publication the link) and publication date. Plagiarism will entail immediate suspension from the contest.

“Any prizes offered by CIME are subject to availability; if the stated prize is unavailable, CIME will offer an alternative of the same value. The prize is non transferable. CIME reserves the right to use the winners name for use on CIME’s website or publications.”

Read the winner essay of the 2011 CIME Ethicontest by Joseph Fomolou from Gambia on “What are the ethical pitfalls of news photography from conflict or disaster zones, and how should a journalist choose what to publish?”

More about about the 2011 contest

Read the winner essay from the 2010 CIME Ethicontest by Abhirup Bhunia from India on “Dissemination of Information: Government Interests, National Security and Freedom of Speech – How to Strike the Right Balance?”

More about the 2010 contest