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Population Institute Names 33rd Annual Global Media Award Winners

November 29, 2012

Washington, DC-- This past year world population reached the 7 billion mark. This major milestone generated a renewed focus on population and population-related issues. The recipients of the 33rd annual Global Media Awards made a significant contribution to public discussion and understanding of that important milestone. The Population Institute is proud to recognize these individuals and news outlets for their journalistic excellence and the valuable insights that they provided.

Kenneth Weiss, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, will receive the Best Article or Series of Articles award for his series Beyond 7 Billion.  Weiss traveled across Africa and Asia to document the causes and consequences of rapid population growth. The series explored the many population-related challenges facing the world, and focused on the lives, prospects, and wellbeing of the 222 million women in the developing world who want to avoid a pregnancy, but who are not using a modern method of birth control.  In his travels Weiss was accompanied by staff photographer Rich Loomis.

John May, a long-time demographer with the World Bank who is now a visiting fellow with the Center for Global Development, will receive the Best Book award for his book World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution and Impact. His book examines the history behind the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of population policies in the more developed, the less developed, and the least developed countries from 1950 until today, as well as their future prospects. His book highlights the importance of understanding underlying demographic trends when assessing the needs and prospects of developing countries.

BBC TV News will be recognized as the Best TV Show for a series of investigative reports on the world at 7 billion. The reports, much of which were filmed in sub-Saharan Africa, examined the challenge that rapid population growth is posing for developing countries and the reasons why fertility rates remain high in some of the world's least developed countries.  The reports used compelling and innovative 3D graphics to make a hugely complex issue more accessible to its viewing audience. 

The Journey Home with host Diego Mulligan, will receive the award for Best Radio Show. The Journey Home is Santa Fe’s longest running daily talk show, airing each week day at 5pm. The Journey Home’s shows in 2012 included a series of interviews with population experts addressing reproductive health and rights and a number of population-related issues.

Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth will receive the award for Best Film or Miniseries. The film challenges our culture’s beliefs about endless economic growth and suggests that unrestrained growth is undermining prosperity, human fulfillment, and the environment.  Dave Gardner, the award winning producer and director of the film, takes on the growth industry in a highly provocative and engaging manner and raises profound questions about our obsession with economic growth.  Gardner warns that the scale of the human enterprise has outgrown the planet and that we ignore at our peril the negative impacts of ever-expanding population and consumption.

7 Billion, Unpacked, a comic from Grist, the popular environmental on-line publication, will be honored for Best Cartoon/Comic. The comic takes a straightforward and engaging look at the 7 billion population mark and what it really means for the world. It concludes that investing in family planning in the U.S. and abroad would lead to healthier families and a healthier planet.

Richard Ottaway, a British Member of Parliament, will receive the award for Best Essay for his piece Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 myths about world population growth. This essay challenges common misunderstandings surrounding family planning and population growth, and provides illuminating insights into family planning successes and challenges. Ottaway is the Chairman of the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the former Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.  Genevieve Hutchinson, Ottway's research assistant, co-authored the report.

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