Winners of UNICEF-MoCIG’s national reporting competition, “Children’s Lives during COVID-19 Pandemic” announced

26 October 2021
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UNICEF Iran/Andishehrad/2021

Iranian journalist, Ms. Leila Shoghi, has been awarded the first-place winner in the joint Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance(MoCIG) and UNICEF  reporting contest held in 2020 under the theme of “Children’s Lives during COVID-Pandemic”. Ms. Shoghi’s article titled “Bricks of Education”, described the situation of children working in brick kiln’s in slums near Tehran during the COVID-19 pandemic and the creative efforts of volunteers trying to ensure the continued education by providing them with school lessons.

The first national reporting contest on children, which is part of the joint cooperation between the Department of Press and Information of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and UNICFE, aimed at promoting ethical representation of children in media and news reports, highlighting the power of storytelling to advocate for children’s issues.

The jury, composed of experts from the Department of Press and Information and UNICEF Iran, reviewed media submissions on the theme from the different parts of the country and awarded the top three places to the following journalists:

  1. Ms. Leila Shoghi, for her story “Bricks of Education”; winner of a laptop, certificate of appreciation and trophy.
  2. Ms. Hoda Hashemi, for her story “Corona, on the nerves of students during the quarantine” telling the story of students and parents facing stress and emotional pressure during the period of quarantine, offering useful ways to cope with the new situation; winner of a smart phone and certificate of appreciation.
  3. Ms. Maryam Taleshi for her story “My doll Is dead, and I am going to bury her”, illustrating the stress and anxiety of children exposed COVID related deaths during the pandemic and the psychological support these children need; winner of a smart phone and certificate of appreciation.

The winning stories have been published online in the Iranian media.

The award ceremony was held at a small out-door gathering with the participation of representatives from UNICEF Iran and Department of Press and Information at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

In addition to this contest, UNICEF and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced the winners of the second photo competition for photojournalists on the same theme. (see here)

UNICEF Iran is working with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to develop comprehensive ethical and legal guidelines for representing children in Iranian media following two workshops in 2019 for journalists and photojournalists.

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