Highlights from the 36th One World Media Awards Ceremony

The 36th One World Media Awards Ceremony 2023, hosted by Ronke Phillips, Senior Correspondent, ITV News London, took place on 19 June at Curzon Soho in London. You can watch the Ceremony here.

The Awards celebrate and recognise the best journalism from across the global south across 15 media categories. 

20 June 2023: The 36th One World Media Awards Ceremony saw Somalia’s Bilan Media take home the Press Freedom Award. And a partnership between the FT, Pulitzer Center and One World Media will launch a grant for a documentary maker based in the global south to make a film about the climate and labour.

  • Palestinian filmmaker Yousef Hammash of Channel 4 News won the New Voice category for his reporting on the unfolding crisis in Gaza. The Award was presented by Director of the BBC World Service, Liliane Landor.
  • The OWM Awards celebrate the best journalism from and about the global south. Entries in 15 categories were honoured, including Environmental Reporting, Innovative Storytelling, Refugee Reporting and Women’s Solutions Reporting. You can see the complete list of Winners here. This year, the Awards received more than 500 entries from 117 countries, including Malawi, Tuvalu and Curaçao.
  • Ronke Phillips, Senior Correspondent, ITV News London hosted the Ceremony on Wednesday 19 June 2024 at Curzon Soho in London. Ronke is also ITN’s Editorial Diversity Partner, working across ITN’s three newsrooms – ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News, and ITN Productions, supporting ITN teams to identify opportunities to grow and promote talented journalists from underrepresented groups across ITN’s newsrooms and production areas. 

London, Thursday 20 June 2024: 

Guests were reminded of the importance of covering global stories, and the need to recognise the work of journalists and filmmakers at the One World Media Awards held in London.

The OWM Awards celebrate underreported stories and amplify underrepresented voices across 15 categories, in print, broadcast, audio, digital and multimedia platforms. Entries are judged on relevance and originality, substance and accuracy, impact and reach, diversity and quality of the coverage. 

The Press Freedom Award (previously called the Special Award), recognises outstanding reporting by an independent media organisation based in the global south that informs the public, provides an outlet for local people’s voices, creates a space for critical information and holds those in power to account. This year, Bilan Media, Somalia’s only all-women media team, won the category. 

Chief Editor of Bilan Media, Hinda Abdi Mohamoud, said, “It’s an honour to receive the Press Freedom Award. We hope this Award encourages all women journalists in Somalia to never give up and to keep reporting about what they think is important.”

Nobel laureate Maria Ressa’s Rappler in the Philippines has previously won this Award.

Amongst winners in other categories were Kontinentalist from Singapore and Radio Workshop based in South Africa. The final Award of the night went to Channel 4’s Yousef Hammash whose reporting from Gaza has kept the world informed of the human toll of the conflict. Accepting the Award, he said addressing the journalists in the room, “Fight the way in, do your job.”

Liliane Landor commenting on Yousef’s win, said, “…the one thing that I will tell you about Yousef, which I have known over the years, is what I have learned from him. I have learned courage, and I’ve learned resilience, and I’ve learned resourcefulness, and I’ve learned creativity, and I’ve learned what humane journalism is about.”

Dhashen Moodley of Radio Workshop NPC in South Africa won the Podcast & Radio category for “This coal life” – a story about six generations of the Skhosana family in the heart of South Africa’s coal belt who have built their lives around coal and what happens to them as renewable energy replaces fossil fuels. 

During the evening, One World Media Director, Vivienne Francis, also launched a grant of up to £20,000 for a documentary maker based in the global south to make a film about how the climate is affecting people’s lives and labour. 

Pulitzer Center’s executive editor, Marina Walker Guevara, said: “Pulitzer Center is delighted to work with OWM and the Financial Times on this important area of coverage. We look forward to partnering with a filmmaker in the global south to explore and explain how workers and work itself is at risk from a fast-heating planet.” 

Yasmine Pagni, Head of Social Policy Unit, European Investment Bank that sponsored the Women’s Solutions Reporting category, said, “Amazing stories competed for the Women’s Solutions Reporting Award, defying stereotypes about women in the Global South. They exemplify women’s work in reshaping societal roles and advocating for their rights. While the journey towards global gender equality continues, these stories serve as powerful sources of inspiration.”

Nominations for this year’s Awards covered a range of topics, from the ongoing conflicts in Sudan, Gaza, and Haiti to lesser-known stories such as male sexual abuse in Iran, the MeToo movement in Indian wrestling and female miners in the DRC. Submissions came from a range of independent outlets including Lighthouse Reports and Project Multatuli to major newsrooms like the BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.