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OhmyNews UN Correspondent Receives Silver Medal
Prize Awarded for 'Interesting and Provocative Coverage' of United Nations
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Published 2008-12-05 14:59 (KST)   
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OhmyNews International's United Nations correspondent Ronda Hauben is the recipient of the 2008 Silver Elizabeth Neuffer Prize for Excellence in Journalism in print and online media.

In awarding Hauben the silver prize, the judges wrote that it was for "interesting and provocative coverage of issues at the UN, notably about the consequences of the permanent five's stranglehold on the Security Council."

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Hauben has reported from the UN for OhmyNews International since October 2006. In 2007 she was told she had been on the short list for an award. She won the award this year for articles she wrote between Sept. 1, 2007 through Aug. 31, 2008.

"Security Council Fails to Act on Gaza Crisis" was one of the articles. The three other articles were "UN No Longer Seen as Impartial, Independent," "International Cartoon Exhibit Opens at UN" and "At Legal Crossroads".

The awards for excellence in journalism in covering the United Nations are presented by the United Nations Correspondent's Association (UNCA), a membership organization formed in 1948 of journalists who cover the UN. The award for print and online media is presented in memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while on assignment in Iraq in 2003. She had been the Chief of the Boston Globe Bureau at the UN.

The 2008 gold medal in this category went to John Heilprin of Associated Press, USA and Bill Varner of Bloomberg News, US. The judges award to Heilprin was "for his coverage of Myanmar and adroit use of his trip with the UN Secretary General to get in." Varner's award was "for his serious analysis, investigation and coverage of the issues in Afghanistan."

The awards for broadcast journalism are presented in honor of the memory of Ricardo Ortega, a journalist working for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who was killed in 2004 while on assignment in Haiti. He was shot after trying to help another journalist.

The gold medal in this category was awarded jointly to Jugoslav Cosic, of B92 Radio, Serbia, and Marie Lora, Agence France Press TV, Kenya. The Judges explain that Cosic's prize is "A special award for courage in broadcasting in a region where accurate coverage of UN issues can be dangerous for a reporter's health."

The award to Lora, is "for her coverage of Darfur's ongoing crisis."

Another gold award is shared by Imelda Abano, of the Business Mirror, Philippines, and Juan Carlos Machorro, of Mi Ambiente, Mexico. They are the recipients of the UN Foundation Prize for Reporting on Humanitarian and Development Affairs. Abano's award is "for her well-written, well researched and comprehensive report and by someone from a country where misery is fairly ubiquitous but nowhere near as desperate'." Machorro's award "for a very well-written,' 'courageous,' report on Mexico's environmental problems."

These awards were presented to the recipients by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a dinner to honor the journalists on Dec. 4, 2008. As part of the event, Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs received an award for his work promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Also at the award ceremony several cartoonists received the United Nations Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards.

There are over 200 journalists active at the UN. The awards, however, are not limited to UN correspondents but are open to journalists anywhere in the world. The awards are for covering the UN and its agencies in whatever capacity.

OhmyNews is happy to announce this important accomplishment.


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