ST wins international award for younger reader outreach, Parenting & Education News & Major Stories

SINGAPORE – Dealing with schoolchildren as ambassadors for dispelling myths about the Covid-19 pandemic and training particular duty by game titles were among the the techniques that helped The Straits Times’ weekly key school publication, Tiny Pink Dot, clinch a world award.

It been given a gold Journalism Award, one of the classes in the 2021 Global News & Youth Media Prize.

This year’s award recognises excellence in coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic for small children aged 12 and younger.

Five gold awards have been presented out in the class, with the other individuals heading to News-O-Matic from the United States, Die Zeit from Germany, Kompas.com from Indonesia and Borneavisen from Denmark.

Initiatives by fellow gold award winners bundled Information-O-Matic providing small children who acted as junior reporters the likelihood to concern science and health-related specialists, and Die Zeit organising a joint artwork venture with the Intercontinental Museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway, to obtain artwork about the pandemic from youngsters all over the globe.

Seven silver awards ended up also provided out, to CBC Young children Information and Teaching Little ones News, the two from Canada, Child Scoop and NBC Nightly Information: Children Version, the two from the US, RTV Infodrom from Slovenia, Initially Information from the United Kingdom and STV Lilla Aktuellt from Sweden.

This year’s winners have been picked from 23 shortlisted entries, with entries from all in excess of the planet, reported the organisers.

The ST Schools staff driving Very little Red Dot established information for 10- to 12-calendar year-aged visitors to participate in a job in fighting misinformation about Covid-19 and spreading recognition in just their households and communities.

An example of this was a “Pick out your own journey” video game that taught about the impact of small selections one makes in relation to the pandemic. Readers study illustrated scenarios similar to Covid-19 and chose how they would respond – for instance, irrespective of whether they would go for a family gathering even though emotion unwell – with every single alternative decided on major to a new situation.

Reported the jury: “We adore that The Straits Times preserved a wry touch whilst endorsing social resilience and seen youngsters as effective ambassadors of well being in their family members. The ‘Choose your very own adventure’ sport was a truly ground breaking way to explain ideal and mistaken possibilities without having preaching.”

Claimed Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-main of Singapore Press Holdings’ English/Malay/Tamil Media Team, and ST editor: “Our ST Colleges staff has worked tricky about the many years to aid make the key news activities of the working day meaningful and applicable to our youthful audiences in revolutionary means. They have chalked up lots of worldwide awards and this is a further one in recognition of their endeavours to link with and retain partaking our more youthful visitors to assistance them make perception of the quick shifting environment they are developing up in.”

The ST Educational institutions editor, Ms Serene Luo, reported: “The final 1½ decades have been tough for everybody, kids much too. When it comes to big issues, so often, small children are still left out.

“We required to empower them with info, explain to them what is going on all around them, so they can get this household to their family members, their mothers and fathers, their grandparents. When kids educate the grownups, the older people pay attention.”

This is the ST Schools team’s second world-wide award for its pandemic-similar content material tailor-made for a young audience. Past calendar year, it clinched initially spot in the ideal initiative in reaction to Covid-19 group in the global/countrywide brand names group at the Worldwide Information Media Association Global Media Awards.

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