Nelly Bassily | June 8, 2009
Internews invites professional and citizen journalists from around the world to enter their best reports on climate change to the Earth Journalism Awards. These awards encourage high quality, local coverage on climate change, leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 7-18, 2009, in Copenhagen (COP15). At COP15, nations around the world are scheduled to conclude negotiations on the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Through accurate and high quality reporting on climate change issues, the importance of these negotiations can be emphasized and promoted.
A total of 14 awards are now open for entry:
-Seven Regional Awards on current affairs and news reporting on climate change, including one for sub-Saharan Africa.
-Six Thematic Awards: The Negotiations Award, The Human Voices Award, The Energy Award, The Forests Award, The Climate Change and Nature Award, and The Climate Change Adaptation Award.
-The Global Public Award. This award is chosen by the public, who will be invited to vote online for the best overall story, drawn from the winning regional and thematic awards.
An independent international jury will select the Earth Journalism Award winners. Winners will be invited to Copenhagen for an awards ceremony to be held during the conference, and will receive support to report from COP15 for their home media.
To register and receive more information about the awards, please follow this link: http://awards.earthjournalism.org/user/register. Entries will be accepted until September 7, 2009.