Reporting Contest Winners Reveal the Hidden Toll On Early Childhood Development
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named reporters from India, Kenya and Nigeria as winners of the 2016 Early Childhood Development Reporting Contest. Their stories shed light on the earliest years of life, especially the first 1,000 days. That is the critical period when children need proper nourishment, responsive care, learning opportunities and protection from disease, violence and stress. Good physical health, higher cognitive functioning and positive emotional relationships depend on these factors.
A panel of international judges selected the winners in three categories: best reporting, best use of data and best visuals. The awardees will spend 10 days in Washington, D.C., and New York this spring. They will share their experiences covering health and development and meet with global health experts and journalists who focus on early childhood issues. While in New York, the journalists also will attend the DART Center’s Institute on Early Childhood Experience and the Developing Brain.
The award winners:
ICFJ’s Early Childhood Development Reporting Contest kicks off a three-year program sponsored by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) aimed at improving news coverage of childhood health issues. In the next phase, ICFJ will recruit 10 Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellows from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. The Fellows will receive training, mentoring and financial support to produce stories on nutrition and early-childhood development. In the future, two more groups of fellows will be recruited with the goal of forming a global network of reporters covering these critically important issues.
Find out how the contest winners developed their story ideas and about the health-and-development challenges children in their countries face during a live webinar on Tue., Jan. 17, 2017. To participate, please click here.