The Regional Environmental Center (REC) awarded journalists for the best media reports in the field of environment and sustainable development. Journalists were awarded in three categories - traditional media, online media and investigative journalism, while a total of eight media reports were awarded.
The awards were given by the Serbian Country Office Director of the Regional Environmental Center, Ruza Radovic, who pointed out that media are a significant partner in the environmental protection mission, and that the aim of this competition was to reward, but also support and encourage journalists who are reporting about these issues in the most appealing way and who are contributing to raising awareness of environmental protection among broad public.
In the category of traditional media, Ruza Helac, journalist of the Vojvodina Green Initiative, received the first prize for the documentary "Hazardous waste on tour", second place was taken by the journalist of the Radio Television of Serbia Predrag Stojkovic (report titled "Bacteria terminators" was awarded), while the third place was awarded to journalist Dragana Ratkovic for the radio broadcast "Under the Glass Bell", that was broadcasted on the First Radio Program of Public Broadcasting Service of Vojvodina.
Olivera Milenkovic and Misko Bilbija from the Vice Antenna production received the first prize in the category of online media for the documentary "Belgrade Amazonia - Beljarica", and second place in this category was awarded to Zoran Strika, journalist of the portal 021.rs for a series of texts dealing with environmental protection.
The first prize in the category of investigative journalism was awarded to Dusan Vojvodic (ZA Media Production and T1 television from Zajecar), for the research -documentary film "Kap" ("The Drop"), while the second prize is equally shared by Dragan Gmizic from Vojvodina Research and Analysis Center "VOICE" of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (the article "Ribokradica in Public Enterprises" was awarded) and Milica Stojanovic and Dragana Prica, journalists of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia - CINS, for the research "Regional Landfill in Novi Sad: The Growth of Pollution and Bureaucracy".
Following the awards ceremony, the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Regional Environmental Center and the Legal Clinic for Ecological Law of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade was also presented. REC has formed a Help Desk Center within the Environmental Civil Society Support Program for Serbia - CSOnnect to provide additional support to those who need assistance in understanding and implementing regulations and defining policy in that area. Expert help will be provided by students of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, and through this volunteering program, they will be able to use the acquired knowledge in practice.
Environmental Civil Society Support Program for Serbia - CSOnnect is implemented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe - REC since 2015 with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).