Rappler journalists finalists in Save the Children Media Awards

Four Rappler journalists are recognized for their articles and photographs that uncover child hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Four Rappler journalists made it as finalists in the Save the Children Media Awards 2015.

The competition is part of the non-governmental organization’s “Lahat Dapat” campaign, which focuses on uncovering child hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines.

The awards aim to “recognize media materials that highlight hunger and malnutrition as urgent national concerns and advocate actively for their eradication.”

Among the finalists in the “Most Outstanding Article” category are:

  • Hunger Project writer Jodesz Gavilan‘s story Is the minimum wage enough for a day’s worth of nutritious meals? It looks into the gap between the food budget and expenses among “food-poor” families. Her story reveals the stark reality families have to go through.
  • MovePH multimedia reporter David Lozada‘s story National survey: We have many malnourished children presents the results of the 2011 national nutrition survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute. It highlights how Filipino children are suffering from acute malnutrition and how mothers from the grassroots are trying to solve the problem.
  • Photojournalist George Moya‘s Food prostitutes, death by hunger, and a feeding program, which looks into the secret life behind a Laguna town’s alleged sex-for-food system. His photo essay also delves into the flaws of a local feeding program affecting the health of several children.
  • Fritzie Rodriguez‘s Plenty of food, little nutrition in Benguet, a narrative on the lives of townsfolk in the highlands of Atok that breaks the myth that shortness is always linked to genetics. It investigates how poor diet diversity leads to child malnutrition and long-term health impacts. 

RICE ON THE LIP. Undernutrition continues to be a public health problem among Filipino children across all ages. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

A photograph entitled Rice on the Lip, taken by Fritzie Rodriguez, is also a finalist in the Most Outstanding Photograph category. It was shot in Tacloban during the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Aside from the main categories, People’s Choice Awards will also be given to articles, videos, and photographs that netizens will vote for.

Visit the Save the Children Media Awards website to vote. Deadline for voting is on November 20, 2015. – Rappler.com