Population Institute Names 2008 Global Media Award Winners

November 11, 2008 • Daily Email Recap

Washington, DC – The Mayor of London and a two time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist are among the 11 recipients of The Population Institute’s 2008 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting. The awards will be presented November 18, at a ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. If you would like to join us at the dinner ceremony, please contact Jennie Wetter at jwetter@populationinstitute.org by November 12. Paul Ehrlich will be the keynote speaker.

On November 19, the award winners will present a seminar on their work at the UCLA School of Medicine (Room 33-105A) from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The panelists will discuss the role of journalists in addressing issues of fundamental importance, like population growth and women’s reproductive health, in covering current events. The event is free and open to the public.

The Buntis Congress, developed by Angelo Palmones for the ABS-CBN broadcasting station DMZZ in the Philippines will receive the award for Best Combined Media Effort. This project encompasses a variety of different media including radio programs and books to help promote education on maternal health, family planning, and other population related issues.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and weekly columnist for The Telegraph, will be honored with the award for Best Print Editorial Columnist for his editorial entitled “Global Over-Population is the Real Issue.” This editorial states the importance of overpopulation as a topic and challenges politicians to talk about it and quit treating it as a taboo subject.

Reuters will be awarded Best News Service for its news and analyses of events occurring around the world that can have an impact on the high fertility rate in some of world’s poorest countries and the effects that the growing population can have on the environment.

The PUSH Journal will receive the award for Best Online News Service for its daily updates of sexual and reproductive health issues around the world. PUSH Journal’s daily e-mail service puts top population stories together in one place, making it one of the most convenient and easy-to-use communication services on population issues.

Robert Engelman, of the Worldwatch Institute, will be honored with the award for Best Individual Reporting Effort for his book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want. More looks at how population growth has shaped modern civilization – and humanity as we know it. It argues that with knowledge and contraception, women will themselves regulate population in their families, and thus their communities and the world.

New Security Beat by the Environmental Change and Security Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars will be awarded Best Online Commentary for its posts on international population issues and their links to the environment, international development, foreign policy, and peace and conflict.

Planet in Peril will receive the award for Best Film or Miniseries. This four hour documentary was hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta and aired on CNN. Planet in Peril focused on four main issues that threaten the planet and its inhabitants: global warming, species loss, habitat loss, and overpopulation.

Albert Bartlett will be honored with the award for Best Magazine Article for his article entitled “Why Have Scientists Succumbed to Political Correctness.” Dr. Bartlett expresses concern over scientists identifying overpopulation as a cause of problems in their writings, but ignoring it in their recommendations for solving environmental problems.

Dave Ansell and Chris Smith, The Naked Scientists, will receive the Best Radio Show award for their weekly BBC radio show. The Naked Scientists use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public.

Don Wright, an editorial cartoonist who recently retired from The Palm Beach Post, has won two Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his career. Wright will receive the award for Best Editorial Cartoonist for his work highlighting the effect a growing world population will have on resources.

Joe Scarborough, a former member of Congress (R-Fla.) will receive the award for Best TV Show for his work as host of Morning Joe on MSNBC. Morning Joe features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. Scarborough will receive the award for his insightful interview with Jeffrey Sachs, which focused on the population component of global problems.

Current World Population


Net Growth During Your Visit