Environmental Story of the Year

Criteria

Description Eligibility* Submissions^
Rewards and recognises outstanding journalistic qualities in the reporting of any environmental issue(s) in and about Asia 1. Open to professional journalists 1. One feature story only. Broadcast pieces must be accompanied by a full transcript in plain text format.
2. Articles must cover an environmental issue in the Asian context 2. Up to three desired supporting documents
3. Articles must have been published in an officially registered media avenue (print, online or broadcast)

* All applicants must be citizens of an Asian country, or must have been residing in an Asian country for at least one year prior to 31 December 2017.

^ All submissions should have been published between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2017.

Judging Assessment

Description
ORIGINALITY OF ARGUMENT AND SUBJECT MATTER
Does the article or broadcast piece put forth an original and insightful argument on the environmental issue in question?
Does he or she highlight an environmental issue that has not been widely covered in the media before?
POTENTIAL IMPACT OF AN ARTICLE OR BROADCAST PIECE, IN TERMS OF GENERATING FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION AND/OR ITS ABILITY TO MOBILISE REAL, MEANINGFUL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SITUATION.
Did the publication of the article inspire follow-on action, discussion or additional news coverage on the issue within the writers’ target audience (i.e. national population, local community, school community or online community)?
If publication is too recent, does it have the potential to do so?
BALANCED AND FAIR PERSPECTIVE
Even as it conveys a passionate argument for environmental conservation, does the article demonstrate an effort to include perspectives from all parties involved in the issue at hand?
Does the article demonstrate a commitment to presenting all sides of the issue at hand before reaching a particular conclusion?
ABILITY TO FRAME GLOBAL OR REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN A LOCAL CONTEXT, WHERE APPLICABLE
In an analysis of a regional or global environmental issue, has the article or broadcast piece drawn relevant learning points for the intended audience?
ABILITY TO REPORT FOR THE LAYMAN’S UNDERSTANDING
Does the journalist demonstrate the ability to take complex information such as convoluted political and legal debates, highly technical scientific and geographical jargon and important statistics, and mould them into an interesting, accessible article or broadcast piece that conveys the intended message to the average reader?
ELOQUENCE AND FLAIR
Does the journalist demonstrate an eloquent reporting style with an original, unique ‘voice’?