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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

The population institute names 2006 Global media award winners

Washington D.C.,14 October, ( The Population Institute (PI) has announced its 27th Annual Global Media Award winners, for excellence in population reporting. The 11 awards will honor journalists and communicators from five countries who have made outstanding contributions to greater awareness of population, environment and resource issues. The award ceremony will be held December, 6, 2006 at the U.S. Capitol Building here.

Lena Sin, a staff writer for The Province (Canada), will be honored for Best Individual Reporting Effort for her article on contraceptives for women in developing countries. Her comprehensive reporting helped broaden the understanding of how birth control can help stem today’s rapid population growth.

USA Today has earned the Best Major Daily award for its excellence in featuring population-related issues. An example of the newspaper’s coverage is its July 5, 2006 article on the United States reaching the milestone population of 300-million. It was the first of its kind to feature on the front page of a major daily.

Lens, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s research magazine, will be honored for Best Periodical for its July 20, 2006 issue. Lens explores diverse efforts to improve global health through basic and clinical research, and examines the social and ethical implications of those efforts.

Inter Press Service (IPS) has been named Most Conscientious News Service, for its independent news and analysis of events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations, especially in the Southern hemisphere. Special mention was given to United Nations Bureau Chief, Thalif Deen, whose many articles have brought attention to specific population issues and whose work has been featured several times on the PI web site.

Rx for Survival, a six-hour prime time special on PBS, produced by the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, will be honored as Best TV Documentary. The documentary spotlights the moving tales of extraordinary public health pioneers, past and present, and captures the real life drama of today's struggle to overcome poor health and rampant disease.

This year’s winner for Best Film Documentary is Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth". This film offers an in-depth look at Gore’s efforts to halt the deadly progress of global warming in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

Freelance journalist Yao Aduamah will be honored for Best Population/Environmental Reporting for his articles on the imbalance between the rapidly rising African population and the limited resources to support that population. His letters and articles illustrate his hope that policy-makers will recognize the importance of population issues and his desire to improve the quality of environmental and population reporting.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ 11th edition of the Environmental Change and Security Program Report will be honored as this year’s Best Population Journal. The report promotes dialogue on the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity and foreign policy.

Best Combined Media Effort on Behalf of Population will be awarded to PSI Romania’s Femei Adevarate—True Women television series, which began three years ago, and has now evolved into a multi-media approach. By combining TV, public relations and interpersonal communications, the effort aims to help deliver key reproductive health messages to Romanian women in an entertaining and educational way.

The Best Commercial Advertising Campaign award will be presented to PSI Thailand’s Targeted Behavior Change Communication: Transgenders in Pattaya, which seeks to prevent HIV/AIDS in Thailand. The campaign uses careful placement of materials, a feminine visual appeal and a non-threatening marketing-based approach that goes beyond simply drawing attention to HIV/AIDS by providing tangible measures of prevention and promoting healthier social norms.

PUSH Journal, periodic updates of sexual and reproductive health issues around the world, is the winner of the first award for Best Electronic Communications Service. PUSH Journal’s daily e-mail service puts top population stories together in one place, making it one of the most convenient and easy-to-use communications service on population issues.

“These journalists have helped to create much-needed public awareness for population issues through their dedicated efforts” said Lawrence Smith, Jr., and President of the Population Institute. "We’re hoping that these awards will inspire others to continue to spread the word about the importance of reducing rapid population growth and achieving a world population in balance with a healthy global environment."

- Asian Tribune -

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