Now in their 23rd year, the One World Media Awards honour ‘the most outstanding media coverage of the developing world’ and acknowledge the role journalists, filmmakers, actors and others play in raising the profile of some of the world’s most important development challenges. The event, broadcast live on BBC World News, was hosted by Channel 4’s Jon Snow, with an introductory speech from Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan. The Indigo team was in the audience and we were highly impressed by what we saw.
Awards were made in a total of 13 categories, including press, television, radio, new media and journalist of the year. The latter was won by Channel 4 News’ s Lindsey Hilsum who in the last year has travelled to and reported from some of the most challenging environments in the world – from Afghanistan to Egypt and Baghdad to Gaza. Fellow winners focused on development problems in countries as diverse as Kenya and India, the Philippines and Pakistan, and China and Nigeria. The Guardian’s unrivalled Global Development site, winner of the Millennium Development Goals award, has reported from all these countries and plenty more besides. The Indigo team thinks they were particularly worthy winners.
The most touching part of the evening, however, was the heartfelt acceptance speech given by the team behind Kenya’s Shujaaz FM. Winners of the Special Award, Shujaaz FM aims to inspire and motivate millions of young Kenyans to take action to improve their own lives and get involved with their local communities. At its heart, Shujaaz is a teenage radio drama, which has rapidly branched out into comics, SMS campaigns and Facebook pages. They provided a much needed positive outlook and were a clear reminder of the huge potential of the media in the developing world.
We at the Indigo team would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees for the very important contribution they have made in bringing some of the world’s most intractable development problems to the attention of a wider audience.