Managua.- The European Union (EU) Delegation in Nicaragua and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have presented the “Innovating for Children, Innovating for Equity” National Journalism Prizes for Child Rights in Managua in the context of the 25th anniversary of the international Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Quality journalism educates, builds awareness and promotes changes in behaviour,” commented Rinko Kinoshita, the officer in charge of UNICEF Nicaragua, stressing that “Innovating for children means profoundly analyzing the problems that exist and, based on this, jointly creating solutions with the communities so that innovation accentuates positive changes for children.”
The president of the awards jury, Danilo Aguirre, said that selecting the winners was an arduous and difficult process as in response to the recommendation of the journalists themselves, “our decision is based on compliance with criteria related to technical quality, ethical standards and the respect for children’s human rights. The contestants were serious, professional and committed in relation to their work of informing the Nicaraguan population about advances in the area of human rights and the pending challenges for the comprehensive development of children. At the same time, we are pleased to have reviewed works that intend to build awareness of the validity and importance of realizing the children’s rights established in the international Convention on the Rights of the Child."
The jury announced its decisions during an awards ceremony in which the National Written Press Prize went to Jennifer Castillo from the La Prensa daily newspaper for a series of reports on “Quality education: A window to success.” The jury also decided to award a second National Written Press Prize to Luís Eduardo Martínez, La Prensa’s Matagalpa correspondent, for a series of reports on the topic “Concerned about early pregnancy”. The winner of the National Radio Prize category was Pedro Luís López, a radio producer and collaborator with Radio Universidad, for his report on “Sexist toys.”
In the category of National Television Prize, the winner was Aleyda Gadea, representing the team from the “Abre tus ojos” (Open your eyes) television segment, for the report on “Good practices in La Florida”. However, the National Digital Journalism Prize was declared void, as the works presented did not comply with the technical and rights-focused criteria established in the competition’s rules.
The jury decided to name Central American University student Nohelia Celina Gutiérrez as winner of the Young Written Press Journalism Prize for her report titled “Hidden among numbers, survivor among births.” But the Young Digital Journalism Prize and Young Radio Journalism Prize categories were also declared void due to the failure to comply with the technical and child human rights-focused criteria. Finally, the Young Television Journalism Prize went to Central American University communication student Elmer Josué Rivas.
Ambassador Javier Sandomingo, head of the EU Delegation in Nicaragua and Panama and in relation to the Central American Integration System, said that “The competition was a success as around 60 entries were received from both journalists and journalism students. This obviously indicates a greater sensitivity and commitment among journalism professionals and students in terms of highlighting children on the media agenda with a vision of respect for their dignity and human rights.”
For her part, Rinko Kinoshita, the officer in charge of UNICEF in Nicaragua, stated that through this competition both “UNICEF and the European Union Delegation in Nicaragua intend to help strengthen the capacities of national journalism, with the aim of journalists committing themselves to respect and promote children’s rights in the media agenda.”
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