One Young World Journalist of the Year 2020 - Shortlist Announced

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Introducing the One Young World Journalist of the Year Shortlist


These 15 young journalists have all been shortlisted because of the tremendous impact they've made to the field of journalism. Each one of them has been nominated through our global call for submissions. 

The One Young World Journalist of the Year Award recognises five of the world's most promising journalists aged 18 to 35. The award highlights the work of young journalists who are fearlessly and boldly inspiring others through their work, changing the way stories are reported, and empowering others by giving them a voice.

The shortlisted nominees are currently being reviewed by One Young World’s expert judging panel (pictured below), who will decide the final five winners.

The five winners will be announced in mid-June and will be presented with this award at the One Young World 2021 Summit in Munich.

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The Shortlist

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, 35, Kuwait/United States

Ahmed is an Emmy-nominated journalist and producer. Most recently, Ahmed worked as a Senior Presenter for AJ+ where he produced documentaries and live coverage focused on social justice and human rights. Previously Ahmed hosted and produced for Al Jazeera English - including their flagship show “The Stream” as well as for The New York Times, The Huffington Post and PBS.



Anna Babinets, 35, Ukraine

Anna is the Editor-in-chief of SLIDSTVO.INFO, an agency that produces documentaries and print stories about high scale corruption and big crimes in Ukraine. For the last ten years, Anna has been working as an investigative editor and reporter and has won many Ukrainian and European Awards such as those from the Fundację Reporterów and the South East Europe Media Organisation.


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Ben Hunte, 28, United Kingdom

Ben is the BBC’s first LGBT Correspondent, reporting on stories of sexuality and gender. Since starting the role in 2019, Ben has uncovered how black male victims of sexual abuse are ‘ignored’ by the government, and fronted coverage celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. Ben previously launched and presented the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa.


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Clara Jiménez Cruz, 31, Spain

Clara co-founded and directs, a non-profit focused on the control of disinformation and public discourse through fact-checking and data journalism techniques. Between 2013 and 2018 she was part of the El Objetivo de Ana Pastor, a primetime fact-checking show. She was appointed to the High-Level Group against Disinformation by the European Commission and is currently a member of the International Fact-Checking Network Advisory Board.


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Hamoud Al-Mousa, 27, Syria

Hamoud is a Syrian journalist, human rights defender, and activist. He co-founded Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, which is an organisation that exposes the atrocities committed by the Bashar Al-Assad regime and ISIS in Syria. Their smuggled video footage and images for which they risked their lives have been shown on every television network and print media including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC.


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Juan Rincón, 29, Colombia

Juan is the Opinion Editor of El Espectador, which is Colombia's oldest and most respected newspaper. He also co-founded various digital projects known as La Pulla, Las Igualadas and La Puesverdad, which have helped change the media landscape in his country and Latin America by merging more traditional journalism with new formats and digital languages. 


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Kiki Mordi, 28, Nigeria

Kiki is an advocate for gender equality and LGBT rights in Nigeria. Her work with BBC Africa Eye, "Sex for Grades", uncovers sexual harassment in West African schools. She serves as an investigative data researcher on the Special Investigative Panel for Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission on Sexual and General Based Violence across the country.


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Larry Madowo, 32, Kenya

Larry is the BBC Africa Business Editor. He led the  launch of 6 new business TV shows from the BBC in English, French and Swahili. He set up and managed a new BBC Africa Business unit with journalists in London, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos, and Johannesburg. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018 by NewAfrican magazine.



Lindsay Peoples Wagner, 29, United States

Lindsay is the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, and previously an editor at The Cut and New York Magazine. Lindsay wrote “Everywhere and Nowhere: What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion,” that featured more than 100 people of colour’s insights and perspectives on diversity in fashion. Recently, Wagner was celebrated among Business of Fashion's 2019 BoF 500 and named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. 


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Neha Dixit, 34, India

Neha is an independent investigative journalist covering politics, gender, and social justice in South Asia. Her investigation on 1,200 extrajudicial killings by the Indian police led the Office of the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights to issue a notice to the Indian government acknowledging the custodial torture by Indian police. 


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Nelufar Hedayat, 32, United Kingdom

Nelufar joined Morgan Freeman as a contributing presenter on season three of Story of God for Nat Geo as well as joining Doha Debates as a correspondent. In 2017 Nelufar hosted the award-winning investigative series The Traffickers now on Netflix, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs, and endangered species. 


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Paola Ramos, 32, United States

Paola is an Emmy-winning host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, as well as a contributor for Telemundo News and MSNBC. Ramos spotlights the voices of marginalised communities, breaks down stereotypes and mobilises people towards civic engagement. In 2017, she was the recipient of the ASTREA Lesbian Foundation for Justice “Fuelling the Frontlines Award” as well as Harvard's  “Latinas Unidas Award.”


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Paul Caruana Galizia, 31, Malta

Paul is an editor at Tortoise. He established the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation in Malta, along with his brothers and father, to seek full justice for his mother. Its work has resulted in intervention from the European Parliament and Council of Europe, Malta’s first public inquiry, landmark constitutional rulings, and governmental change.


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Sara Wesslin, 28, Finland

Sara is a Skolt Sámi journalist and news anchor- one of only two in the world. Wesslin has used her passion for indigenous journalism to help revive the Skolt Sámi language, utilising popular culture and her own influence in the media. Wesslin successfully lobbied the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to secure funding for the Nordic resource centre for the Sámi languages. 


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Yusuf Omar, 31, South Africa

Yusuf has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010. He was CNN's former Senior Social Media Reporter and the former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times. Yusuf is the co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a video publisher that reached over a billion views in 2019. He trained over 3,000 storytellers in 140 countries to create videos with their phones and wearable camera glasses. 

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Published on 28/05/2020