The Minister of Health announces journalism prize for reporting on important health issues in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 18 April 2011 – On 15 April, the Minister of Health, Dr. Alexandre Manguele, announced a journalism prize for reporting on health issues in Mozambique. The objective of the prize is to acknowledge journalism of high quality in the area of health and to stimulate investigative journalism that improves life at the community level. The Ministry of Health’s intention is to offer the prize annually in recognition of the work of the best journalists within the health field. The prize covers the following areas: promotion of health and development in the community; prevention and treatment of common diseases; reproductive health; child health; and other topics in public health.
The first prize in each category gives the equivalent of US$ 2,500, while the second and third placed journalists receive US$ 1,500 and US$ 1,000 respectively. Written works as well as pieces produced for radio and TV are eligible for the prize. The prize is supported by the National Syndicate of Journalists (SNJ) and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), as well as by UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.
Journalists wishing to take part in the competition must submit one original piece of work published between January 2010 and January 2011. The submitted works will be reviewed by an independent jury, which includes UNICEF and other organizations, and will be based on clearly defined quality criteria. Eligible journalists and freelancers may contact the Ministry of Health’s Department of Health Promotion (DeProS) for more detailed information.
In the area of journalism, UNICEF has a strategic partnership with MISA, which has developed the Child Friendly Media Network (known as RECAC) and issues an annual report on the reporting on child rights and child issues in Mozambique. Through the partnership, MISA also offers regional trainings of journalists and communication officers and issues stipends to promising journalists. While the focus of the partnership has been on child rights, the intention is to broaden the scope to address issues of human rights in general, not only issues linked to children rights.
UNICEF also works with Eduardo Mondlane University’s School of Communication and Arts (ECA) in the implementation a course on child rights and journalism for the school’s students of journalism. This course has been developed in collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology and addresses a wide range of topics related to how children and children’s issues are presented in the media and the factors journalists must take into consideration when reporting on children.
For more information on the Child Friendly Media Network:
For more information, please contact:
Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Communication Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org;