The Caribbean Broadcasting Union is pleased to partner with the Public Media Alliance (formerly the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association) to invite entries for the PMA Climate Change category of the 2017 CBU Caribbean Broadcasting Awards.

The Award has been launched to recognise and incentivise outstanding multimedia journalism in response to climate change and its effects on the natural and cultural heritage of the Caribbean.

The PMA supports and encourages the key values of public media worldwide with a focus on multiplatform content that successfully engages the public in critical issues for our shared future.

And in line with the CBU’s expansion to include a broad spectrum of media players, entrants are encouraged to submit original multimedia productions: television, radio, print and digital, that were published by a CBU member, between January and December 2017. Entries should focus on the past, present or future impacts of climate change and fossil fuel use. Eligible material may also cover renewable energy, urban responses and disaster recovery.

Hurricane Irma, center, flanked by Katia and Lee

The prize will be awarded to outstanding work in any format that demonstrates successful public engagement with the issues around our changing climate. The winning entries will be:

    • High quality – engaging and with strong production values
    • Innovative – use different formats, experiment with new technologies and/or techniques, engage with audiences in new and different ways and clearly explain the science behind the story.
    • Constructive –demonstrate lessons learned and/or assess possible solutions, adaptations and responses to climate change.

The winners of CBA 2017 trophies and cash prizes of USD 500 each, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica on August 14, 2018 during the 49th CBU Annual General Assembly. The theme for this year’s Assembly is Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Technology and Content Options for Caribbean Media.

The closing date for entries is Friday, April 6, 2018. You can find the entry forms and the official rules on the CBU website at http://caribroadcastunion.org/cbu-awards/2017-cbu-caribbean-broadcasting-awards/.

For further information contact info@caribroadcastunion.org or call 1(246)430-1007.