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Judging Criteria for Young Reporters for the Environment


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The jury will assign a score of 0-3 for the following five criteria. The questions listed under the criteria help guide jury members to their rating. Points are given as follows: 
    3 = yes, excellent
    2 = yes, good
    1 = yes, fair
    0 = no, it does not meet this criteria
Maximum points per submission = 15


Eligibility Criteria

Note: If an entry does not meet all the eligibility criteria, it will be disqualified.
  • Does the piece fulfill all the submission requirements (correct length, title, size and format etc.)?
  • Does it focus on a pertinent (real and current) local issue?
  • Does it present a potential solution?
  • Has the piece been disseminated to a local audience?



1. Composition Structure and Quality

For articles and videos:

  • Is the piece well structured? Does it cover who, what, where, when, how and why?
  • Does it have a clear beginning, middle and end?

For photos and videos:

  • Is it technically and artistically well done? Is it high quality, well composed and impactful? 



2. Fair, Balanced and Objective Reporting 

For articles and videos:

  • Is the piece balanced and fair in terms of representing different sides of an argument prior to offering a potential solution?
  • Does it include multiple perspectives?
  • Does it quote and/or reference real, credible sources and opinions?
  • Is scientific or statistical reporting accurate and supported by sources or footnotes?

For photos and videos:

  • Is the subject and audience represented fairly? Is it clear that they have not been manipulated?



3. Informative and Well Researched

  • Does the piece cover relevant historical, economic, social and/or political implications and possible consequences?
  • Does it make a link to a bigger global picture?
  • Does it present more than one possible solution?
  • Is the recommended solution realistic, well explained and justified?
  • Are supporting elements (illustrations, pictures, subtitles, etc.) effective and useful?



4. Originality, Style and Independence 

  • Is the piece original in its scope or style (i.e., has the participant chosen a challenging topic or created an innovative or moving piece)?
  • Did the author engage in field work and interview people in person or on the telephone, rather than just use or quote online sources? 
  • Did the author take a positive approach, devoting time to solutions and not just problems? 



5. Dissemination

  • Is it clear who the target audience is? 
  • Is the choice of media, the presentation style, and the mode of dissemination appropriate for communicating the message to this audience?
  • Is there evidence of further dissemination through relevant social media or other avenues?

New YRE International Collaboration Opportunity

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New this year, youth can choose to collaborate and jointly submit an article in the Sustainable Consumption and Production category. Learn more.

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