Work of all nominees must meet the following criteria:
Increased awareness – The submission provides the audience with accurate information that highlights the dynamics and realities of sexual exploitation. It may provide new insights or uncover underlying causes of the issue. The coverage may lead to further journalistic investigation of the story or support legislative or policy changes to better address the issue.
Quality of work – The submission is well researched and balanced in its approach. It is well written and in the case of broadcast, has high production values. It may use innovative or dramatic techniques that reinforce the message included in the coverage.
Respectful – The submission uses respectful language that does not denigrate or cast blame upon those victimized through sexual exploitation.
Submissions must meet the ethical guidelines for reporting on children set out by UNICEF. Submissions must represent the issue in a clear and balanced manner that does not sensationalize the abuse of children in any way.