The Projects Director of the International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) Mr. Jerry Sam served on the jury panel which decided the winner of the 2011 World Kids News Award in Accra Ghana on the 3rd of November 2011. The theme for this year's award was 'Heroes"
The World Kids News Award forms part of the annual Kids News Network summit which brings together journalists from different parts of the world to share ideas on both serious and fun news that matters to children all over the world.
The jury chose from 7 outstanding broadcasts from Tien Muniten (Surinam), Tele Junior (Mozambique), NAPA (Peru), Zkids News (Zambia), CKN (Caribbean), Teen Voice (Indonesia) and Youth Voice (Burma).
The Jury scored the finalist on three criteria: Originality, Production quality and Relevance. At the end of the jury deliberations, NAPA (Peru) emerged the unanimous winner with their programme on child labour.
The KNN is an initiative of the Dutch media NGO Free Voice to help local journalists develop their own 'kids news' format. Kids News programs are being broadcasted in Peru, Surinam, Mozambique, Dutch Caribbean, Zambia, South Africa, Burma and Indonesia reaching an estimated 20 million viewers a week.