ICRC invites journalists to compete in humanitarian awards contest

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AMMAN — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is inviting journalists to compete in this year’s Humanitarian Awards, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

ICRC said the annual competition is held in partnership with the Jordan National Red Crescent Society (JRCS) and the Jordan Media Institute (JMI).

Introduced last year, the Humanitarian Awards aim at encouraging reporting on humanitarian issues in Jordan under two categories, which include stories and photographs published between September 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022.

The closing date for entries is September 7, according to organizers, Petra said.

ICRC chief Sarah Avrillaud said the competition’s motivation “is simply borne out of our conviction that the media in every country should pay attention to the plight of those who end up on the wrong side of a humanitarian crisis so that the reading and viewing public may be better informed.”

“Equally important is the fact that those who make policies or decisions that could impact this category of persons would be able to take informed decisions on issues related to such affected populations,” she added.

JRCS President Mohammad Al-Hadid said his society “supports any initiative that sheds light on the humanitarian aspects of the Jordanian society, given the belief of the JRCS in the capabilities and the power of the media and the press in making a change.”

He stressed that the effort requires motivating, supporting, and encouraging talented journalists to reflect their efforts in photographic and written materials with a “human touch,” thus enhancing the support and the media coverage of the JRCS relief activities.

JMI Dean Mirna Abu Zeid said: “The media, by choosing the stories, the angles, and the sources for the topics they report, can influence the course of matters and have the power to advance the humanitarian agenda by shedding light on these issues.”

She said it was necessary to raise journalists’ awareness of the humanitarian aspect of reporting to contribute to achieving justice. The institute’s participation in this competition is an expression of its mission and values, which place human beings as an absolute value and looks to serve their best interest, she added.

Upon receipt of the entries for the 2022 edition and adjudication by an eminent panel of jurors made up of professionals in journalism and photojournalism, a formal and prestigious ceremony will be held in November, when winners will be presented with their awards.

First-place winners will win JD1,000, while second-place winners will get JD750, and journalists who come third will receive JD500.

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