UN Kosovo Team and the Association of Kosovo Journalists mark the 10th anniversary of the Journalism Poverty Prize for 2015
In marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2015, the UN agencies in Kosovo, in partnership with the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, organized the 10th ceremony of the Journalism Poverty Prize. This Jubilee ceremony was organized on 22 October 2015 at the Modelarium of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The award ceremony of the Journalism Poverty Prize was held to honour the best stories from all media published between October 2015 and September 2015. This symbolic activity is a small gesture to honour and respect the efforts and work of journalists to expose flaws and gaps in the current social protection and associated networks resulting in poverty. In addition, the journalists worked to expose best case examples of social protection in Kosovo.
The event was organized in the midst of the Global Sustainable Development Goals launching, an inclusive process driven heavily by consultations with citizens all over the world, including Kosovo. We can proudly state that Kosovans contributed a great deal during the consultation process with over 9000 individuals participating by contributing their opinions and suggestions. These individuals came from all walks of life and all communities in Kosovo, with a special focus on the youth and marginalized groups.
To add to the excitement, this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Therefore, the UN with all of its entities is drawing from experiences so far, looking into the future, and consulting how best to serve the cause of peace, stability, and development in the world.
Locally, we want to stress the importance of communications and enhancement of strategic cooperation among authorities, civil society, and UN agencies, as well as private entities, academia, and media. The importance of the media in terms of fostering and helping development causes is paramount, and we can never do justice in honouring all, but who is to say we should not try.
This year, we had 24 entries for this competition. The jury panel was composed of:
- Shpend Halili, Communications and PI for UNHCR
- Nita Gojani, Project Coordinator UN Women
- Zijadin Gashi, Journalist from Radio Free Europe
- Zoran Ristic, Playwright Director from Ghetto Theater Gracanica
- Elizabeth Gowing, Social Activist and Writer from The Ideas Partnership
The members from the UN Development Coordinator’s Office and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, served as observers and facilitators without the right to vote.
The winners for 2015 by each category were:
Xhemajl Sllovinja/ Gazeta Tribuna for the photography “Surviving on tin-cans”
Best Press media story:
Besnik Krasniqi/ Koha Ditore “Desperate roads”
Best Electronic Media/Online story:
Gjeta Gjyshinca /Kosovo 2.0 STUCK IN SOCIAL HOUSING: “KOSOVO’S WEAK POLICIES AND LACK OF COMMITMENT” http://www.kosovotwopointzero.com/en/article/1877/stuck-in-social-housing-kosovos-weak-policies-and-lack-of-commitment
Best Radio story:
Serbeze Haxhijaj/ RTK radio for a piece “To leave your home”
Best TV story:
The first prize goes to Merita Sekiraqa from RTV 21 for a piece “I am Kosovo too: a report”
The second prize to Majlinda Aliu from RTK, for the piece “Injustice regarding welfare for people with special needs”
The third prize to Taulant Qenaj, from Kohavision for the piece “The Migrant Veteran”
Special Prize for 2015 will be given to competing winners from previous years of the Journalism Poverty Prize, who will submit their works by 30th November 2015. While the Prize will be awarded by the end of the year.