YRE given Special Commendation Award
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) has received a Special Commendation award for its work in mobilizing 340,000 student reporters in 38 countries to find solutions when reporting about environmental issues. The prize will be given at this year’s Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Since 2002, the Eurasian Media Forum has served as a world-class platform where ‘East meets West’ to discuss the pressing topics and the latest news from the Americas, Europe and Asia. The forum brings together more than 600 delegates from at around 60 countries: notable politicians, experts and influential media speakers.
Each year during the two day forum, the Global Youth & New Media Prize jury awards organisations that innovate and strengthen engagement between news media and young people while reinforcing the role of journalism in society.
“I am delighted that the Global Youth & News Media Prize jury gave Young Reporters for the Environment a Special Commendation in The Planet Award category,” says Dr. Aralynn McMane, director of the prize. "YRE is doing a great job on a global scale helping young people do exemplary solutions journalism about the environment that has real impact at the local level”.
The Planet Award category honors actions that excel in providing young audiences with information and hope for saving the Earth and that strengthen engagement between news media and young people while reinforcing the role of journalism in society.
The Planet Award is part of the Global Youth & News Media Prize, which was created to give recognition to news media organizations around the world that effectively innovate in the quest to serve, support, attract and learn from young audiences. The prize is supported by News-Decoder, the European Journalism Centre, and the Google News Initiative.
“It is with great honour that our YRE programme has been given this award in recognition of all the work that we do. We would like to thank them for their recognition and we are very grateful to our hard working students who make this programme the success it has become today,” says YRE International Director Malgorzata Luszczek
During the two day forum there will will be speakers from media and development fields, like Nelson Graves (News Decoder CEO, former Senior reporting and editor at Reuters), Zahra Rasool (Head of Contrast, Al Jazeera), Martin Ford (Best selling author, researcher and software entepreneur) as well as from across the political spectrum like Toomas Henrik Ilves, former President of Estonia and Jerrol Thompson, former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Forum takes place on 22 - 24th of May, 2019 in Almaty Kazakhstan.
More about Global Youth & News Media Prize 2019 Laureates can be found here.
Download here the YRE Presentation for the Award in PDF or click on the picture below.
About YRE – ‘Giving our environment a voice’
The Young Reporters for the Environment programme aims to empower young people aged 11-25 to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. The programme is based on a four-step methodology which seeks to develop students’ critical thinking and expression, creativity and leadership skills. Every year the top YRE investigations have the chance to participate in the annual YRE competition and to be assessed by professional juries on national and international levels. The programme also gives Young Reporters the opportunity to participate in international environmental conferences to further develop their skills and network.
About the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
With members in 77 countries we are the world’s largest environmental education organisation. FEE’s programmes represent the cutting edge in Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Education. It is the vision of the Foundation for Environmental Education that through its five programmes we empower people everywhere to live sustainably and in an environmentally conscious manner.