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BACKGROUND - Category: Public Service

BACKGROUND - Category: Public Service

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The Public Service category honors a civic engagement project in areas such as the environment, literacy, youth civic involvement, etc.

Save our students – 20 South African newspapers combined forces to create study materials for students during long teachers’ strike

Save a river – Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) led fight that the young joined to prevent the Rospuda river from being destroyed by a new highway.

Teach children about press freedom. The French weekly for children, Journal des Enfants, did a special edition that asked children of jailed journalists to help other children understand the importance and price of press freedom.

Show support for oppressed - This same Polish paper printed Tibet flag, readers sent in photos holding it to protest Chinese actions there

Encourage power saving - Malayala Manorama (India) partnered with the regional power company for a contest in which children encouraged less power use at home

Create recyclable bag and environment clubs– Express & Echo (UK) distributed shopping bags and had a contest for students to design them

Get excited about democracy - To mark the 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland, the Metro free newspaper devised an exciting and empowering project to get young people interested in a democratic process redesigned for the digital age.

Use excess newsprint – With a grocery store, Republikein (Namibia) made notebooks of blank pages for writing and drawing for rural


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Aralynn McMane


2012-04-03 16:22

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