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2009 Global Media Awards

Population Institute Names 30th Annual Global Media Award Winners

November 3, 2009

Washington, DC – A Ugandan serial drama, an Official Selection from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and an investigative journalist are among the 12 recipients of the Population Institute's 2009 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented December 4th, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Goldberg, an investigative journalist, will receive the Best Book award for her book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World. Her book explores the global battle over women's reproductive rights, looking at the evolution of the conversation over the years.

Robert Engelman of the Worldwatch Institute will be honored with the award for Best Article or Series of Articles for his article "Population & Sustainability," which appeared in Scientific American. The article summarizes the current state of world population and its linkages to sustainability and climate change, while also discussing the likelihood of slowing global population growth.

Malcolm Potts, Bixby Chair for Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the University of California-Berkeley, will be honored with the award for Best Print Editorial for his editorial entitled "The Other War in Afghanistan." This editorial looks at the "second war" in Afghanistan for women's liberation and the role women need to play in stabilizing the country.  

The Associated Press will be awarded Best News Service for its news and analyses of events occurring around the world that can have an impact on the high fertility rate in some of the world's poorest countries and the effects that the growing population can have on the environment.

The Optimum Population Trust (OPT) will receive the award for Best Online News Service for their blog "Optimum Population Trust News Watch." The blog contains not only OPT's press releases, but excerpts from news stories and links to those stories that are related to the causes, consequences, and remedies of population growth.

New Security Beat by the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will be awarded Best Online Commentary for its posts on international population issues and their links to the environment, international development, foreign policy, and peace and conflict.

Earth Days will receive the award for Best Film or Miniseries. The film looks at the history of the environmental movement from its early post war beginnings in the 1950s to the publication of Silent Spring to the first Earth Day in 1970 and the action that followed. The film pays special attention to the early links between the environmental  and population movements.  

The Local Government Chairman, an editorial cartoon in the Nigerian Observer newspaper by Francis Umendu Odupute, will be honored with the award for Best Editorial Cartoon. This cartoon depicts the struggle Nigeria has had in getting political leaders to acknowledge that population growth has had many significant consequences. This is especially important since Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.

PBS's To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe will be recognized as the Best TV Show. To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe devoted a special episode entirely to the history of the relationship between the environmental movement and population stabilization, beginning with environmental groups embracing population stabilization as a goal on the first Earth Day, through to what has led many groups to drop the issue completely.

EarthSky: A Clear Voice for Science will receive the award for Best Radio Show for their series of weekly interviews with scientists around the world. Their interviews have included a series of interviews with population experts addressing a range of population related issues.

Neighbors, a radio serial drama focusing on population and family planning in Uganda, will receive the Best Serial Drama award. Neighbors is a short serial drama whose storyline illustrates the problems of having a large family and the advantages of a small planned family.

John Feeney will be honored with the Media Outreach Award for his contribution to educating the media and the public regarding population growth and its public policy implications through the Global Population Speakout.


The official program from the event is available here and pictures from the event are available here.