The Rural Development Network in N. Macedonia announces the completion of the evaluation and award process for the best journalist story that focuses on the concept of green economy and promotes a successful example of green business practices.

By the stated deadline (December 3, 2020), seven journalists answered the call for journalist competition with six stories covering topics related to agriculture, composting, recycling, innovative products as plastic replacement, etc

During the qualitative evaluation process, the Committee composed of two journalists and a green economy expert, evaluated the received journalistic products according to the following criteria:

  • Research methodology (the explained research concept, that is the topic, sources from which the data were collected, journalistic tools used in the work)
  • Journalistic writing style
  • The relevance of the topic
  • Adherence to journalistic and ethical standards (presence of facts, accuracy and credibility of presented information/data)

After scoring each individual story against the stated criteria and summarizing the points of each assessor, the project team of RDN of NM concluded that “From recycled paper to egg packaging” by journalist Aleksandra Maksimovska was selected as the best story.

The author of the first prize awarded story will receive a prize in the gross amount of 1,500 (one thousand five hundred) euros in denar counter value.

We hope that this story will entice the creation of other journalistic stories that will contribute to raising public awareness of the importance of the green economy and green entrepreneurship. We thank all the participants for taking part in the contest and motivate other journalists and media to participate in our next calls.

The call for journalist competition is realized as part of the European Union funded project “NAGE – Networking and Advocacy for a Green Economy” implemented by 7 partner organizations from the Balkans: Rural Development Network of N. Macedonia (Lead Partner), Croatian Rural Development Network, Rural Development Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Network of Rural Development Organizations of Kosovo, Rural Development Network of Montenegro , Rural Development Network of Serbia and Albanian Rural Development Network.