Ceremony in Bern to celebrate the best of global journalism

The True Story Award, the first global prize for reporting, looks for the best journalistic work from around the world – stories that demonstrate a commitment to research, journalistic competence, and societal relevance.

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The idea of the award is to widen the horizons of the mainly western-influenced media by bringing in the perspectives of reporters from other regions. As such, the True Story Award looks for diversity and quality, and aims to make the voices of reporters known beyond the borders of their home countries.

As a media partner of the award, SWI supports the journalism and communications around the event, and will broadcast a livestream of the ceremony in Bern’s Kornhausforum on Friday, June 24, 2022, from 7pm (CET) onwards the winners of the True Story Award 2020/21 will be announced. 

Event information

Date/time: June 23.-25, 2023

Language: English

Location: Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern

Tickets: tickets for the live event (CHF25/15) can be ordered hereExternal link; it’s recommended to reserve in advance

All further information around the event is available hereExternal link.

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Following the award ceremony, a discussion will take place involving the jury members, focused on the theme: “Trump, Corona, war in Ukraine – the world seems out of joint. How are people experiencing this elsewhere?” Six global reporters, based on five different continents, will bring their diverse viewpoints to this topic.

Entries from 101 countries

The True Story Award was held for the first time in Bern in 2019. Last year, the second edition fell victim to the pandemic.

For this year’s award, some 1,179 features from 101 different countries, and in 21 different languages, were submitted as entries. All the texts were published 2019 or 2020 in world-renowned media outlets such as The New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Die Zeit, Al-Jazeera, and South China Morning Post.

A 42-member pre-jury has nominated 39 entries to be considered for the final; these 39 can be read free of charge, filtered by language, region, and theme, hereExternal link.

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