Global Youth News & Media Prize
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Teachers who help students learn about the importance of press freedom will be honoured by a special award in the 2021 edition of the Global Youth & News Media Prize.
The Press Freedom Teacher Award will recognise excellence in assuring 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. It will serve as the news/literacy category for this year’s prize.
Entries will be assessed by a distinguished, international panel of judges that will include both experts in the topic and past laureates. Among them will be Doan Viet Hoat, a Vietnamese journalist, educator, and democratic activist who spent 22 years in jail for his criticisms of Vietnam's communist leadership.
Educators teaching any kind of course at any level -- primary, secondary or university -- can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else: colleagues, students, news organizations or NGOs.
Separately, producers of news for children who have excelled in explaining important pandemic issues will be honored by this year’s Global Youth & News Media Prize.
The Journalism Award of the Prize this year will recognize innovation in coverage on any platform about the COVID-19 pandemic for children. The award will recognize breakthrough reporting with, about and/or for this young audience that produces a clear, important impact, especially through a solutions journalism approach and will be judged by an international jury of experts in science, journalism and childhood education.