Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 International China Journalists Association Awards Contest!


The ICJA China Journalism Awards Contest recognizes excellence in journalism and photojournalism covering mainland China. We are pleased to announce this year's winners, chosen in a highly competitive two-round judging process.


Journalist of the year


Owen churchill

"Behind the High Walls of Shandong School At Heart of Murder Case." Sixth Tone, Sep. 24, 2016.

"Lust, Caution, and a Web Connection." Sixth Tone, Dec. 9, 2016.

"Xinhua’s Twitter Sports Coverage in State of Undress." Sixth Tone, Sep. 20, 2016

Owen Churchill is a freelance journalist based in Shanghai and London, who has written widely on Chinese media, social injustice, and culture. Previously, he was a founding member of digital media outlet Sixth Tone, where he worked as an editor and writer covering media, arts, and culture. Educated at London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Shanghai's Fudan University, he has spent over five years living in China.

From our judges: Owen "writes with both sensitivity and authority about a variety of subcultures in contemporary China, from pornographers to professional athletes to attendees of an Internet-rehab bootcamp. Thematically, each piece is loosely connected by exploring an aspect of the forbidden. The profile of an Internet-addiction bootcamp is the product of a sustained investigation that included interviews with former students and parents, as well as the school’s vice principal, among others, revealing a disturbing pattern of abuse.”




First Place: Nathan VanderKlippe

"Shuanggui: The harsh, hidden side of China’s war on graft, and how one man disappeared into it." The Globe and Mail, March 26, 2017

Nathan VanderKlippe is the Beijing-based correspondent for The Globe and Mail. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, western and northern Canada, where he previously served as a print and television correspondent based in Calgary, Vancouver and Yellowknife.

From our judges: “This is a superb article. It is a gripping story, well told from beginning to end, which deftly puts the issue in historical and political context. The article also clearly appeals to the readers outside of China, making the story more readable and relevant to a global audience. That's an important duty of a foreign correspondent.”


Second Place: Emily Rauhala

Domestic abuse is thriving in China’s culture of silence.” The Washington Post, May 2, 2016.


Third Place: Zheping Huang

Middle-class Chinese are risking jail to recoup billions lost in a ‘zero-risk’ government-backed investment scheme.” Quartz, February 13, 2017.



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