One World Media Awards

26 May

Two weeks ago I attended the One World Media Awards, thanks to fellow journalist Lucy Laycock who has been given funding from the organisation to make a documentary in India.

The ceremony, held at Kings Place where I saw Quentin Blake last Autumn, started with wine and canapés. We saw a lot of interesting people, including Unreported World’s Jenny Kleeman and John Pilger.

When I was 14 I won a competition on an essay where I was to write who my hero was. I wrote about John Pilger, and the prize was to shadow the editor of the Northern Echo, Peter Barron, for the day. It was a strange feeling being at the same event as him years later.

The award ceremony itself was completely inspirational. Lucy and I felt emotional hearing some of the stories; particularly the Kenyan based community radio station, who have managed to build such a successful sense of community through the power of radio. We were fortunate enough to talk to the people behind the station after the ceremony.

We were also especially pleased for Jenny Kleeman who won the Television Award: Phillipines – The City With Too Many People.

Afterwards we had a glass of wine with Jon Snow, who was very funny and interesting to talk to. I had such a fantastic night, and it was definitely worth the sore head at work the next day.

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