National Wildlife Federation Announces Young Reporters For The Environment USA Winners

Largest International Environmental Youth Journalism Competition Spanning 25 Countries

05-03-2013 // Christina Batcheler
Young Reporters for the Environment USA

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the U.S. host of the international Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program, announces the 2013 middle and high school winners of the Young Reporters for the Environment USA (YRE USA) competition. The YRE USA competition had a prestigious jury panel of professionals possessing expertise in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable development, journalism, photography, videography, and education.

The Young Reporters for the Environment USA program is part of a rapidly-growing international network of international youth engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and currently operates in 27 countries.

The winning entries from the 2012-2013 NWF YRE USA Inaugural competition are:

Middle School (ages 13-15)

Writing Category:

Photo Category:

Video Category:

  • 1st Prize: "A Tale of Two Trails" by Zachary Korff, Irving Middle School, Springfield, Va. Korff also received a Special Distinction Honor with the best overall example of environmental journalism of all the entries received.

High School (ages 16-18)

Writing Category:

Photo Category:

  • 1st Prize: "Pollinator" by Matthew Carras, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Vt.

To view more information about the winners of the NWF YRE USA competition, please go to:

“We congratulate all the students who submitted entries and thank them for helping to spread the word about environmental issues that are important in their communities. We hope they will continue to hone their skills as environmental journalists, a role we believe is essential in protecting and restoring the planet,” says Kate Hofmann, coordinator, YRE USA.

Students that participate in the program investigate a local environmental problem or issue, and propose solutions. They document their work and report on it through a journalistic production targeting a local audience. These journalistic efforts can be through the creation of an article, a photograph, a photographic essay, or a video which is then shared with a local audience through a variety of media.

“This youth environmental journalism program helps to develop participants’ skills and knowledge, enhances communication and citizenship skills, individual initiative, team work, critical analysis, social responsibility, and leadership,” said Laura Hickey, senior director of Eco-Schools USA and YRE USA.

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international program that engages youth in environmental journalism in 27 countries. In the United States, YRE is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18; the program is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) worldwide. For more information, please go to:

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