The AMIC Asia Communication Award 2020 will be given in the following categories:

Truth in Journalism Award

(formerly Journalism Excellence Award)


  • Commitment to the principles of free and independent journalism
  • Excellence in the practice of the journalism profession
  • Contribution of writings to development, freedom, and democracy
  • Recognition as an exemplar especially to young journalists

Transformative Leadership Award

(formerly Institutional Development Award)


  • Definition and sharing of a vision to the entire organization or community
  • Exemplary values, beliefs, and practices that inspire and motivate change
  • Introduction of pioneering and “disruptive” policies, systems and procedures, products and services
  • Challenging the status quo by offering, encouraging, and pursuing innovation and creativity

Teaching Hero Award

(formerly Communication Education Award)


  • Extensive service and passion to the communication teaching profession
  • Recognition of impact to professional lives of former students
  • Contribution to Asian communication theory/model building and development
  • Outstanding outputs including offline/online textbooks, references, modules, etc.
  • Introduction of innovative and creative communication teaching strategies and tools

Disruptive Inquiry

(formerly Communication Research)



  • Contribution to new information and knowledge (original research) in communication
  • Recognition of pioneering contributions to communication research & development
  • Recognition of quality communication research outputs
  • Consistency in the use of scientific research methodologies
  • Significant impact of research outputs to the communication discipline and society in general
  • Integrity of researchers (individual or institution)

Nomination Forms

Truth in Journalism

Transformative Leadership

Teaching Hero

Disruptive Inquiry

Past awardees include eminent communicators and journalists:

  • John Lent, 2006
  • Eddie C. Y. Kuo, 2007
  • Nora Quebral and Dr. Florangel Rosario- Braid, 2008
  • Binod Agrawal and Dr. K. E. Eapen, 2009
  • Hidetoshi Kato, 2010
  • Georgette Wang and Crispin Maslog, 2011
  • Tan Sri Dato’ L. Krishnan, 2012
  • Alwi Dahlan and Jakob Oetama, 2013
  • Juan L. Mercado, 2014
  • Alan Hancock and David Robie, 2015
  • Dhavalasri Shelton Gunaratne 2016
  • Wijayananda Jayaweera, 2017
  • Franz Joseph Eilers, SVD and Charlie Agatep, 2018
  • Leela Rao, 2019

Nominations will be accepted from any AMIC member in good standing. The closing date is on 30 June 2020. The award will be presented during the 28th AMIC international conference 25-27 September 2020 in China.


*Please accomplish the linked nomination form. Send the form, together with a nomination letter to