Channel 4’s Lindsey Hilsum was named Journalist of the Year at the One World Media Awards 2011 in London yesterday.
Hilsum triumphed over an all-female line up, with judges describing her reporting from Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Congo as “story-telling at its best… this was a master class in provocative journalism.”
The Press Award was won by Jonathan Steele for his Guardian G2 feature ‘Real Life Inside Helmand’, which reported on the UK’s aid and development work in Afghanistan.
The Millennium Development Goals award went to the Guardian’s Global Development website, which judges described as a “dynamic, interactive site featuring high quality multi-media content”.
The Radio Award was given to BBC World Service for ‘India’s Microcredit Meltdown’, an exploration of the crisis hitting India’s microcredit industry, and a special award was picked up by ShujaazFM, a “cutting-edge multi-media project” in Kenya which has reached 15 million young people within 6 months of its launch.
The New Media Award went to the National Film Board of Canada for ‘Highrise – Out My Window’, a feature-length web documentary on urban living.
The awards – aimed at recognising excellence in media coverage of the developing world – were presented by Jon Snow, with Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, as guest speaker.
The full list of winners are:
Journalist of the Year Award
Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4
‘India’s Microcredit Meltdown’ – BBC World Service
‘Real Life Inside Helmand’ – Jonathan Steele, The Guardian (G2)
New Media Award
Highrise, Out My Window’ – National Film Board of Canada
Unreported World: Pakistan After the Floods – Quicksilver Media for Channel 4
Guardian Global Development – Guardian Media Group
‘Unreported World: Philippines – The City With Too Many People’ –Quicksilver Media for Channel 4
‘The Promise – Daybreak Pictures for Channel 4
Popular Features Award
‘Blood, Sweat and Luxuries: Gold and E-waste’ – Ricochet for BBC Three
Miles Apart – Ling Lee, National Film and Television School
‘Welcome to Lagos’ – KEO films for BBC 2
Children’s Rights Awards
‘Dispatches: Children of Gaza’ – True Vision Productions for Channel 4