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News/Media Literacy Award to honor front-line teachers and news media organizations in the quest to help students understand the "why" of press freedom
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Educators and news organizations will be honored by a special award in the 2023 edition of the Global Youth & News Media Prize.


The Press Freedom Teaching Award will recognize excellence in making sure that students develop a thorough understanding of the crucial role of journalism in society and of the sometimes deadly risks for people who do this work. This award will serve as the news/literacy category for this year’s prize.

Entries from educators and news media organizations (outlets and NGOs) will be assessed by a distinguished, international panel of judges that will include both experts in the topic and past laureates. 

​Educators can teach primary or secondary students in any kind of setting. News media organizations include companies and nonprofits involving journalists in this work.


"Teaching" means any kind of course or program at the primary or secondary level. Educators and news media teams can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Candidates  can be anywhere in the world. News outlets on any platform as well as the nonprofits that represent or support them are eligible for the award.

“Too often and in too many countries news/media literacy instruction skips the part about the need for journalism and the high price some pay to do that job,”  said Dr. Aralynn Abare McMane, the director of Global Youth & News Media. “This year, we want to work toward correcting some of that by recognizing those on the front lines who make sure those lessons are taught well.”

Deadline for entries is 1 May.  

Laureates will take part in an international ceremony and webinar designed to spread the word about their outstanding contributions to journalism and education and to encourage emulation of them.  

“We plan to make this as easy as possible for candidates, given that all of them have had to do more in the same amount of time and likely with fewer resources for years now,” McMane said.  “The entry process will be both flexible and streamlined, and maybe even fun.

"And the entry will immediately add to the general knowledge base through the lesson plan we ask candidates to prepare about one of two journalists who we and students decided merit special attention this year."


They are:

  • Maria Ressa (selected by Global Youth & News Media for taking the time to teach about the worth of journalism amid her own tough fight to keep the freedom to do that work)

  • Yalda Moaiery (selected by students of a previous educator laureate to bring attention to her case as a journalist wrongly prosecuted). 

Global Youth & News Media is a French and USA nonprofit committed to linking young people and news media in ways that reinforce youth citizenship and journalism in society. In addition to its global awards program, the organization amplifies youth journalism through its World Teenage Reporting Projects and supports journalism for children, most recently through the #HowToSaveOurPlanetStep1 global project. 


This is the fourth edition of the Global Youth & News Media Prize. It began with an honorary inaugural award to The Guardian US and The Eagle Eye student journalists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  for their joint coverage of the 2018 March for Our Lives demonstration against gun violence in Washington, DC. That award was presented at News Xchange in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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