WHO Road Safety Reporting Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2021 
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) conducted a WHO Road Safety reporting contest to raise awareness and spur dialogue around critical – yet underreported – road safety issues with a Vision Zero/Safe System Approach. 

Journalists reporting on road safety in English, Spanish or Portuguese in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Mexico, and Uganda were eligible. To be considered, a road safety story must be published between August 1, 2021, and December 1, 2021. In each of the eligible countries, a $1,500 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, and a $500 third-place prize will be awarded in January of 2022. 

Underreported issues include road design and quality, unsafe and polluting used vehicles, cost and extent of crash-related injuries, air pollution due to exhaust emissions, safe public transport, and urban cycling. Multimedia stories, podcasts, photo reportage, cross-border stories, and series of stories were welcome. Collaboration within newsrooms or across borders, use of social media and audience feedback, post-story engagement with policy- and decision-makers, and other ways of maximizing the impact of the reporting were highly encouraged. 

Learn more about ICFJ’s WHO Road Safety Reporting program.