Friday, October 12, 2007
WASH MEDIA AWARDS 2007/2008
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) are co-sponsoring the second edition of the WASH Media Award competition, to be held between July 2007 and April 2008.
This competition is open to journalists in developing countries who publish or broadcast original investigative reports on issues relating to water supply, sanitation or hygiene in their countries.
Journalists can each submit up to two pieces of work, which can include articles from traditional print or recognized online newspapers, magazines, or journals; radio broadcasts; television documentaries or reports. The entry form with further instructions is available at www.wsscc.org/en/media/wash-media-awards.
Eligible works must be published or broadcast between 1 July 2007 and 30 April 2008. Articles or broadcasts can be submitted in French, English or Spanish. Works not originally published or broadcast in one of these languages must be translated into one of the three competition languages in order to be considered for submission.
Prizes will be awarded in each of the three competition languages, with an additional prize awarded for the best entry that deals specifically with issues related to gender and water, sanitation or hygiene. A ceremony presenting the winning entries will take place at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, in August 2008. Winning journalists will be invited to attend as special guests of WSSCC and SIWI. More details about additional prizes will be announced at the winners’ ceremony.
Submissions to this competition will be judged by a nine member international jury, jointly convened by SIWI and WSSCC. The jury, which will have three judges for each of the three competition languages, will be composed of respected members of the media, particularly those with strong backgrounds in environmental journalism.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
1. Originality of subject: capacity of the story to surprise
2. Quality of content: style, structure and objectivity of information
3. Quality of research: thoroughness in researching, compiling and
incorporating relevant information
4. Working conditions: difficulties the journalist had to cope with while
doing the research and producing the story
5. Relevance of the WASH issues: how well the story links WASH issues
to the overall development process
6. Potential public impact: capacity of the story to have an impact on
the general public and political opinion
7. Proven public impact: the story had a tangible effect on water supply,
sanitation or hygiene policy in the country or locality where and about
which it was written
All entries must be recei ved by no late r tha n 15 May 2008.