For reporting or initiatives that effectively provide young audiences with information and hope for saving the planet.
Partner: Eurasian Media Forum with presentation on 23 May 2019 at the Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan
TOP AWARD - El Surtidor (Paraguay)
SLIVER AWARD - Dainik Jagran (India)
COMMENDATION - Young Reporters for the Environment (Denmark)
NOTE: These laureates are from the 2019 competition. The 2020 competition was postponed to 2021 due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EL SURTIDOR, Paraguay
TOP AWARD for SAVING THE CHACOS
The digital news team at El Surtidor used a highly visual 4-part series to tell the story of The Gran Chacos forest, which was losing a hectare of trees every minute. The team began with data-efficient mobile content in a “scrollytelling” style which allows users to swipe to compact chunks of content vertically or horizontally, then distributed tailored elements on multiple channels, such as posters for Twitter, avatars for Facebook, and videos for city buses, etc. Its considerable young audience was a key to pushing the new president to take action toward stopping the deforestation. This video describes the project (in Spanish with English subtitles), and this website shows the content. [Photos: El Surtidor (above), World Wildlife Fund shows the probem (below)]
What the judges said:
“This project has everything: It takes into account the local context young people confront, activates youth civil society with the focus on deforestation and explains why anybody should care. It’s impactful, innovative and inspiring.”
DAINIK JAGRAN, India
SILVER AWARD for GETTING A CITY TO SMILE AGAIN
This multimedia group mobilized thousands of students in a successful push to reduce pollution in the choking city of Lucknow. A key element was simple: fun, anti-pollution face masks featuring a smile, plus pressure on local authorities, and citizens, to take action. The result was clear: Lucknow is now less polluted.
This excerpt from the campaign video describes the problems the city faced and what the campaign demanded.
What the judges said:
The way that this media entity engaged youth to make positive environmental change in Lucknow is both exceptional and a great example to other news media. Through youth engagement and environmental action, they changed local government policy and in the process had a positive impact on their brand.
YOUNG REPORTERS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, Denmark
This organization has 340,000 student reporters in 38 countries doing solutions reporting. Students can use any medium but must distribute their stories through social media and through a news entity and also encourage action.
There are countless examples of student's work informing communities and inspiring decision-makers to take action. For example, in Israel, YRE students influenced a local government to allocate more money for waste management . In Portugal, YRE students collected thousands of cigarette butts and educated festival participants about the issue of litter.
What the judges said:
YRE does a great job on a global scale helping young people do exemplary environmental journalism work. It is very impressive not only for its international reach but also for having real impact at the local level.
THE MASTER CLASS
The Eurasian Media Forum starts with a day of master classes on practical, cutting-edge journalism strategies based on international expertise. A packed Environmental Reporting session featured Nelson Graves, bottom left, founder of Prize partner organization News-Decoder as the main speaker, helped by Prize jury member Rina Tsubaki, center, founder of Lookout Station, which teams journalists and scientists, and top prize winners from Paraguay's El Surtidor, Jazmin Acuña, editor, and Alejandro Valdez, director, at right.
Dainik Jagran's Basant Rathore and El Surtidor's Jazmin Acuña, last two on right, contributed to a wide-ranging panel of experts discussing the crisis of consumption in the world.
This 16-minute video tells all about who won and why.
THE JOURNALISM AWARD
THE NEWS/MEDIA LITERACY AWARD
Presentation at News Xchange, Paris, 20 November 2019
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