MANILA, Philippines – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), recently launched a competition that will recognize journalists who wrote stories on the armed-conflict situation in the Philippines.
The competition, titled “Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting 2011”, is open to print, online, TV and radio journalists.
Several organizations such as the International News Safety Institute (INSI), Peace and Conflict Journalism Network-Philippines (Pecojon Phils.), Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) and Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) expressed support for this project.
Nominations for the competition are now open and will be accepted until March 12, 2011.
The awarding ceremonies will be held on May 8, 2011 in time for the celebration of Red Cross Day.
Entries must be sent to any of the following PACE member-schools: Central Luzon State University in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija (Northern/Central Luzon), St. Scholastica's College Manila (NCR/Southern Luzon), Cebu Technological University in Cebu City (Visayas), and Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City (Mindanao).
Winners of the competition will be awarded plaques, digital recorders, books, and the chance to receive trainings on international humanitarian law and conflict reporting.
"We hope this award will generate more interest in humanitarian reporting, and stir more journalists in tackling the many serious issues that surround the armed-conflict situation in the Philippines," said Alexander Rosete, PRC officer-in-charge of communication.