THE YOUNG REPORTERS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME INTERNATIONAL

The Young Reporters for the Environment programme in Switzerland is going to be implemented as a pilot project for the school year 2020-2021.
A few secondary classes will take part in this pilot year. The categories of participation open to this pilot year’s national YRE competition are press articles and photography.

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international programme and competition that gives young people aged 11 to 25 the opportunity to research and take action on sustainable development issues they feel strongly about through investigative reporting, photography and video journalism. Their work is disseminated to the general public through YRE National Competitions and a YRE International Competition. The programme is run in 45 countries around the world, with nearly 5,000 participating schools, 13,000 teachers and 360,000 students.

What are the objectives of the YRE programme?

Empowering young people to inform, raise awareness and encourage behavioural change. 

Contribute to the development of skills such as individual initiative, team work, communication skills, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Encourage solutions journalism (or constructive journalism) by challenging the dominant negative media landscape.

*Solutions journalism is about informing and alterting while providing possible solutions in response to the challenges raised. 

How does it work ?

 

  • Each country running the YRE programme organises an annual YRE National Competition open to young people aged 11 to 25, who can participate individually or in groups, through their school or independently. The National Operators running the YRE programme on a country-level define the modalities for these national competitions.

 

  •  The winners of the national competitions submit their projects in English to the annual YRE International Competition. An international jury, composed of experts in environmental journalism and education for sustainable development, evaluates the submissions according to four judging criteria: composition, originality, objectivity, informativeness—But also according to their links to the SDGs, especially for the themes: climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution.

 

  • The International winners receive a diploma and their work is published on the international website Young Reporters for the Environment, as well as on the Climate Trackers and Medium platforms.
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What are the participation categories? 

Article

  • Open to the three age categories:

11-14 years & 15-18 years & 19-25 years

  • ◊ 1’000 words maximum
  • Titre of up 140 characters
  • Maximum 3 illustrations with captions of up to 20 words each
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Photograph

  • Open to one age category:

11-25 years

Open to three categories of submission:

Single photo campaign (Experimental/campaign photography): The photographer stages and controls all aspects of the photo including the pose of the subject.

      • One photograph
      • Title of up to 140 characters
      • No captions

 

Single photo reportage (Documentary/reporting photography): Neither posed nor staged, the photo captures a moment or an event in a narrative fashion.

      • One photograph
      • Description of up to 100 words to introduce the link with sustainable development and/or a solution to the issue
      • Caption of up to 20 words

 

The photostory: Neither posed nor staged, the photostory captures a moment or an event in a narrative fashion.

      • A photo series of 3 to 5 photographs
      • Description of up to 50 words to introduce the link with sustainable development and/or a solution to the issue
      • Caption of up to 20 words under each photo

Vidéo

      • Open to three age categories:

11-14 years & 15-18 years & 19-25 years

      • 3 minutes maximum
      • Title of up to 140 characters

 

Open to two categories of submission:

The reportage video: based on direct observation through research and documentation.

The campaign video: aims at a product and/or a firm with a certain lifestyle or values.

Whichever category is chosen, the participant can rely on a:

1. Identify a local sustainable development issue to be linked to the bigger global picture.

2. Research solutions to the local sustainable development issue by identifying key individuals and groups and find out what their different perspectives on the issue are and their approaches to resolving it; identify a possible solution through the knowledge and opinions of experts and stakeholders and assess the effectiveness of the solution, giving reasons for and against.

3. Prepare the report on the local sustainable development issue through a journalistic piece: create the article, take the photo, record the video.

4. Disseminate your work to a chosen audience in order to raise awareness among as many people as possible through at least three means of distribution (newspaper, magazine, radio, television, social media, exhibition, film, local events, etc.).