CJA president Rita Payne recently took part in the 26th One World Media Awards, one of the UK’s premier journalism awards events.
One World Media Awards “rewards the most outstanding coverage of the developing world and recognises the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in increasing cultural understanding and promoting fairness and justice worldwide”, according to the awards website.
Rita Payne chaired the four-person jury for the International Journalist of the Year. Winner of the award was Guillermo Galdos of Channel 4 News, and nominees were Ian Pannel of BBC News at Ten, BBC One and Karina Manson, Financial Times. Galdos won for his investigation of gangs and drugs in Brazil in the lead-up to the World Cup. Payne described the entries as examples of “high-quality journalism” that was difficult to judge.
“From stories highlighting our common humanity to investigations that uncover hidden issues to reports that give a voice to the voiceless, the Awards are distinctive in that they recognise and encourage the vital work of journalists in this field. The aim is to increase the exposure and scope of international coverage to support inclusive development, good governance and democracy worldwide,” say the awards organisers.
See the International Journalist of the Year presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?