& NEWS MEDIA
The Global Youth & News Media Prize, founded in 2018, honors organizations that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and young people while reinforcing the role of journalism in society. In short, they celebrate news media that serve, support and both attract and learn from young audiences.
Awards in several categories were presented in 2018 and 2019. The next edition will be in 2021. More details are below.
International projects further news media work that serves, supports and both attracts and learns from young audiences.
The first World Teenage Reporting Project > COVID-19 in which teenage journalists in 19 countries around the world produced more than 60 stories about how their peers were helping during the pandemic.
Our main media partner is News Decoder, a global educational news service for young people. Founder Nelson Graves noted, "This activity fits our mission perfectly by helping news media amplify teenage voices about the positive role youth can play in a major, global phenomenon."
The latest project is The Tolerance Profile Challenge, launched on the United Nations International Day for Tolerance in November and spanning Human Rights Month in December. It is the second World Teenage Reporting Project, this time with teenage journalists doing profiles of champions in the quest to get along. Stories were showcased on 24 January, the International Day of Education.
THE LATEST AWARDS
NOTE: The next edition of the Global Youth & News Media Prize will be in 2021.
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Founders Alejandro Valdez, director, and Jazmin Acuña, editor, (pictured at left) accepted the award at the Eurasian Media Forum, the partner for this award.
Also honored were Dainik Jagran of India and the Young Reporters for the Environment, based in Denmark.
The Student View of the United Kingdom received the top honour in 2019 News/Media Literacy Award category.
Other laureates were the Top Story journalism student investigative reporting reality show (Kenya), the News Literacy Project's virtual Checkology classroom (United States) and the Troll Factory simulation from Finland's public broadcasting operator, YLE. The awards were presented in Paris at NewsXchange.
The "Since Parkland" project in the United States received the 2019 Journalism Award category. Other laureates were The Children's Radio Foundation (South Africa), Quds News Network (Palestine) and News Network from the Danish Broadcasting Corp (Denmark.) The awards were presented in Paris at NewsXchange.
THE INAUGURAL AWARD
The Guardian US and the Eagle Eye student newsmagazine of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, USA) were the first Global Youth & News Media Prize laureates, receiving an honorary award for their joint live coverage in March 2018 of the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington D.C. to promote gun control.
The citation read: “The Guardian and the student journalism staff of The Eagle Eye at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School worked jointly to keep young voices front and center in the live coverage of the March for Our Lives demonstration for The Guardian US by the student journalists of The Eagle Eye. This initiative provides a stunning example of a student takeover of a trusted news source that offers solid lessons for other newsrooms to dare to do something similar.”
The honorary award marked the launch of the global prize and was presented 14 November 2018 at NewsXchange, the European Broadcasting Union's premier conference that attracts top news executives from all over the world. It was held in Edinburgh and hosted by BBC News and BBC Scotland.
News-Decoder, the initiative of the French-based non-profit Nouvelles Decouvertes that provides secondary and university students with a news service and the opportunity for borderless, face-to-face discussions about important matters of the day.
The Google News Initiative, which works with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.
The European Journalism Centre, an international non-profit headquartered in The Netherlands that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people