National Wildlife Federation Announces Young Reporters for the Environment USA Winners

Largest International Environmental Youth Journalism Competition

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the U.S. host of the international Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program, is proud to announce the 2015 middle and high school winners of the Young Reporters for the Environment USA (YRE-USA) competition. The distinction is given to students who show exceptional journalistic talent in either writing, photography or video.

The YRE-USA competition jury panel consisted of distinct professionals who possessed expertise in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable development, journalism, photography, videography, and education. Students were judged based on structure and quality, fair, balanced and objective reporting, informative and well researched content, originality, style and independence, and dissemination.

The Young Reporters for the Environment USA program is part of a rapidly-growing international network of international youth engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  It is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and currently operates in 25 countries. 
The winning national entries from the 2014-2015 NWF YRE-USA annual competition.
The winning international entries include two winners from the United States.
"Now in our 3rd year of the YRE competition, it’s inspiring to see the solutions students devise for local environmental problems and the passion they have for the environment and their community. These students represent our nation from New York to California and Wisconsin to Florida. The work the students have done as part of the competition positions them to become future stewards and civic minded citizens, protecting the environment by informing their community and providing action-oriented solutions," says Jennifer Hammonds, coordinator, YRE-USA.
All of these environmental issues were addressed by students ages 13-21 as part of NWF’s Young Reporters for the Environment Program (YRE).  Students that participate in the competition investigate a local environmental problem or issue, and propose solutions.  The work is documented through writing, photography or video and is shared with a variety of local audiences.   
"This youth environmental journalism program helps to develop participants’ skills and knowledge, enhances communication and citizenship skills, individual initiative, team work, critical analysis, social responsibility, and leadership," said Laura Hickey, senior director of Eco-Schools USA and YRE-USA.
About Young Reporters for the Environment
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international program that engages youth in environmental journalism in 25 countries. In the United States, YRE is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 21; the program is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) worldwide. For more information, please go to:

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