MEDIA practitioners in Western Visayas and the rest of the country are enjoined to submit entries to the 6th PopDev Media Awards this year.

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) recently announced that the media award is open to all print, broadcast, online, photo, and citizen journalists nationwide.

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Entries must deal with population and human development issues such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), public health (especially reproductive health), reproductive health policy and governance, economic growth and poverty, climate change, housing and urban development, sustainable development, environment, education, gender, maternal health, adolescent reproductive health, family planning, food security, reproductive rights, migration, and population ageing.

Entries should have been published, aired, or posted between September 16, 2009 and August 15, 2010 in a publication or broadcast network that has been in existence for at least one year.

It could also be published in a blog site that has been created at least since January 1, 2009.

Deadline for submission of entries is on August 31, 2010.

For the print and online category, awards will be given for Best News Reportage (should consist of a body of work or a series of at least three spot news reports); Best Opinion or Editorial Piece; Best Investigative Report, and Best Feature or Magazine Article.

For television, awards will be given for Best TV Documentary and Best Magazine Program or Talk Show.

For radio, awards will be given for Best Radio Program. Entries to this could be news, commentary (should consist of a series of at least three separate news reports or commentaries) or a special production of media agencies.

For the photojournalism category, awards will be given for Best Single Photo and Best Photo Essay.

Citations will also be given for blog, single photo and photo album blogs for the significant contribution of citizen journalists in the informed discussion of population and human development issues.

Entries from professional journalists may be considered as long as these were posted in their personal blogs.

Interested parties may send as many entries in a chosen category.

Winners in the major categories will receive a cash prize, trophy, plaque, and to join the study trip to a PLCPD project area in the Philippines.

Winners in special categories shall receive plaques and will be entitled to join the study trip.

Entry forms could be downloaded from the PLCPD website, http//; and could be submitted by mail to the Integrated Resource Center-Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development, 2/F AVECSS Bldg., Kamias Road cor. K-J St., East Kamias, 1102 Quezon City; or through e-mail:

Indicate “Entry to the PopDev Media Awards.”

The PopDev Media Awards is supported by the United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with the Commission on Population, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Forum for Family Planning and Development, Philippine Center for Population and Development, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Women’s Feature Service, and Philippine Center for Photojournalism.