2020 Entry Criteria

Entries for all Mind HK Media Awards 2020 categories must meet the criteria below. Entries that do not satisfy the criteria will not be considered. The awards are judged by an independent panel of media professionals, academics, and clinical professionals. 


To be eligible for the Mind HK Media Awards 2020, submission materials must have been broadcast or published in Hong Kong or have been available online between July 1 2019 and June 30 2020 (inclusive). Entries will be open in August 2020.  

Essential Criteria






Relevant content

  • The focus must be on mental health. Entries are likely to cover such mental health problems as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, phobias, psychosis, compulsive behaviours, post-traumatic stress disorders and the mental trauma of addiction.

  • Entries must have a substantial emphasis on Hong Kong and reflect substantial journalistic efforts conducted in Hong Kong.

  • Any challenge to the fairness or accuracy of an entry as well as the publication’s response to the challenge, including published corrections and clarifications, must be included in the nomination form.

  • All news, documentaries and journalism entries must give a voice to people with mental health problems and include at least one first hand testimony.

  • Entries should look in depth at the emotional impact of the mental health problem on the individual and/or friends and family of those affected.

  • Entries that focus purely on scientific issues such as testing new drug treatments, which do not include first hand testimony or tackle stigma, are not eligible.

  • The awards do not cover learning difficulties or learning disabilities such as Asperger or autism syndrome and will not include items about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.


Challenges perceptions of mental health

  • Prompts a debate about mental health and contributes towards tackling mental health stigma and discrimination.

  • Challenges myths and avoids stereotypes, clichés and negative terminology.

  • Adopts positive language about mental health problems and avoids sensationalism.

  • Promotes equality and encourages audiences to see people with mental health problems in the round and not just in relation to their diagnosis.

  • Reaches a wide audience unfamiliar with mental health problems and helps to improve public attitudes.


Well crafted and responsibly produced

  • Must be well researched and accurate.

  • News reporting must be balanced and fair.

  • Engaging and appropriate for the audience for which it was intended.

  • High production and editorial values.

  • Demonstrates originality and relevance.

  • Well structured.

  • Any challenge to the fairness or accuracy of an entry as well as the publication’s response to the challenge, including published corrections and clarifications, must be included in the nomination form.


Safe for intended audiences

  • Journalists, programme-makers and film-makers have a duty to report and portray mental health problems responsibly and sensitively and should take all reasonable steps to avoid causing emotional or physical damage.

  • The portrayal of suicide and self-harm must be safe and meet the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention: https://csrp.hku.hk/media/

  • Entries must not provide explicit or technical details of suicide or self-harm as there is evidence to show that this can lead copycat behaviour. For example, specifying the number and type of tablets used in an overdose or showing someone self-harming.

  • Entries must not romanticise, glorify or simplify suicide or self-harm.


Can demonstrate reach and impact

  • All entries should be able to demonstrate impact on a Hong Kong audience either because they were broadcast on a Hong Kong terrestrial or satellite channel, published in Hong Kong or have been on theatrical general release in commercial cinemas in Hong Kong. If only available online, they must have originated in Hong Kong and/or were demonstrably marketed to and/or consumed by a Hong Kong audience.

  • Consideration will be given to the total audience reached, and whether the entry may have triggered additional media coverage or policy change.

  • Credit will also be given to material that reaches a wide demographic, particularly those less likely to be well informed about mental health.

  • For online entries, it is accepted that the audience may be narrower and a successful entry may be aimed at countering self-stigma or offering support and information to those affected by mental health problems.

  • For student journalist, it is accepted that entries may have limited reach if they are produced as part of a journalism course. They will be judged on the understanding and sensitivity shown by the student journalist and recognise their potential.


If you have any questions or are not sure if your work is eligible for submission, please contact us using the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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