YRE Criteria

How to participate

Schools can participate by filling in and sending the FEE programmes application form to Nature Trust (Malta).  Any number of students can participate as long as the school is registered.  Students can submit more than one project and can work either individually or in groups.

Programme criteria

The programme has two levels of activity. At the local level the students investigate an environmental problem and report it to the local community via their chosen media (local press, radio, television, conference or exhibition). At the international level the students may cooperate with young reporters from other countries by using the internet to share information and produce joint articles.  Every YRE project must fulfil three objectives:

1) Investigate a local environmental issue and propose a solution

2) Produce a journalistic piece (such as an article, photo, or radio report, etc)

3) Focus on a local audience

The article entries must not exceed 1000 words, and can include photos to help illustrate the arguments. The photo entries (a single photo or a series of 3-5 photos) must be accompanied by a title and a short caption (not longer that 100 words) to explain the link to sustainable issues. The video must be a maximum of 3 minutes and compatible with youtube.

Calendar

– Projects may be started at any time of the year.

– Projects for competition have to be submitted by the 12th of April 2024

– The local jury will select the national winners by the end of May 2024.

– International winners will be known in June 2024.

 

A copy of the general criteria can be downloaded from here.

 



Necessary criteria - Photos


 


Environmental Campaign Photo Checklist
Before you submit your single reportage photo, make sure
you’re not missing anything!



1. Is your photo in .JPG or .PNG format?
2. Does it have a title?
3. If you have a description (not required, completely optional), does your description
explain the environmental connection of your photo?
4. Is it a good quality and artistic photo?
5. If you edited or photoshopped your photo, is the reality of the subject still the same?
(Don’t do too much photoshopping!)
6. If you used any facts or statistics in your description, did you cite your sources in a
‘References’ list?
7. Does your photo address the historical, economic, social, and/or political
implications of your topic through an environmental lens?
8. Does your photo show a link between local and global issues or events?
9. If your photo shows an environmental problem, do you share realistic solutions for it
in your description?
10. Did you take your photo in a creative way that offers a new perspective on a certain
topic?
11. Did you do any research or leave your school to take the photo?
12. Did you share your photo:
        a) Through your own social media channels?
        b) At your school?
        c) With your National Operator?
        d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
13. If you shared your photo, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?


 


Single Reportage Photo Checklist
Before you submit your single reportage photo, make sure
you’re not missing anything!



1. Is your photo in .JPG or .PNG format?
2. Does it have a title?
3. Does it have a description of 120 words
OR a description of 100 words with a
caption of 20 words?
(Make sure you don’t have too much text!)
4. Does your description explain the environmental connection of your photo?
5. Is it a good quality and artistic photo?
(Make sure you’ve cropped it, straightened it and
made any other
SMALL changes so that it looks the best!)
6. Is your photography a truthful representation of reality? (Remember you shouldn’t
manipulate or change the subject or scene
.)
7. If you used any facts or statistics in your description, did you cite your sources in a
‘References’ list?
8. Does your photo address the historical, economic, social, and/or political
implications of your topic through an environmental lens?
9. Does your photo show a link between local and global issues or events?
10. If your photo shows an environmental problem, do you share realistic solutions for
it in your description?
11. Did you take your photo in a creative way that offers a new perspective on a certain
topic?
12. Did you do any research or leave your school to take the photo?
13. Did you share your photo:
      a) Through your own social media channels?
      b) At your school?
      c) With your National Operator?
      d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
14. If you shared your photo, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?


 


Photo Story Checklist
Before you submit your single reportage photo, make sure
you’re not missing anything!


1. Have you selected 3-5 photos in .JPG or .PNG format?
2. Do you have a title?
3. Do you have a description of 100 words? Does each photo have a caption
 of 20 words? 
4. Does your description explain the environmental connection of your photo?
5. Are your photos of good quality? 
(Make sure you’ve cropped, straightened and
made any other 
SMALL changes so that they looks the best!)
6. Are your photos truthful representation of reality? 
7. If you used any facts or statistics in your description, did you cite your sources in a
‘References’ list?
8. Does your photo story address the historical, economic, social, and/or political
implications of your topic through an environmental lens?
9. Does your photo show a link between local and global issues or events?
10. If your photo story shows an environmental problem, do you share realistic solutions for
it in your description?
11. Did you take your photo story in a creative way that offers a new perspective on a certain
topic? (Remember that each photo should be unique and add something new to the story)
12. Did you do any research or leave your school to take the photos?
13. Did you share your photo story:
      a) Through your own social media channels?
      b) At your school?
      c) With your National Operator?
      d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
14. If you shared your photos, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?



If you answered ‘YES’ to all the questions, then you’re ready to submit your work to
the YRE Competition!


Environmental Campaign Video Checklist
Before you submit your environmental campaign video,
make sure you’re not missing anything!



1. Is your video under 3 minutes long?
2. Does it have a title?
3. Is it artistically and technically well done?
4. Did you use a promotional campaign or public service announcement style for your
video?
5. If you used any facts or statistics in your video, did you cite your sources in a credit
roll or a separate a ‘References’ list?
6. Did you create at least 70% of the video content on your own?
7. Does your video address the historical, economic, social, and/or political implications
of your topic through an environmental lens?
8. Does your video show a link between local and global issues or events?
9. Does your video show solutions to an environmental problem or help raise
awareness about an environmental issue?
10. Did you choose an original or creative topic for your video?
11. Did you do research, conduct interviews and leave your school to make the video?
12. Did you share your video:
       a) Through your own social media channels?
       b) At your school?
       c) With your National Operator?
       d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
13. If you shared your video, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?


 


Video Reportage Checklist
Before you submit your video reportage, make sure you’re
not missing anything!



1. Is your video under 3 minutes long?
2. Does it have a title?
3. Is it artistically and technically well done?
4. Does your video have a structure, for example, an introduction and conclusion?
5. Is your video a truthful representation of reality?
6. If you used any facts or statistics in your video, did you cite your sources in a credit
roll or a separate a ‘References’ list?
7. Did you create at least 70% of the video content on your own?
8. Does your video address the historical, economic, social, and/or political implications
of your topic through an environmental lens?
9. Does your video show a link between local and global issues or events?
10. If your video shows an environmental problem, do you also share realistic solutions
for it?
11. Did you choose an original or creative topic for your video?
12. Did you do research, conduct interviews and leave your school to make the video?
13. Did you share your video:
        a) Through your own social media channels?
        b) At your school?
        c) With your National Operator?
        d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
14. If you shared your video, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?


If you answered ‘YES’ to all the questions, then you’re ready to submit your work to
the YRE Competition!

Necessary Criteria - Article Writing


Before you submit your article, make sure you’re not
missing anything!



1. Is your article 1000 words or less and in English?
2. Does it have a title?
3. Does it have 1-3 images, for example, photographs, illustrations, diagrams?
4. Does your article have an introduction paragraph, a body (supporting paragraphs)
and a conclusion paragraph?
5. Does your article answer the basic journalism questions of who, what, where, why,
when, and how?
6. If you included facts, statistics or other information (which you should!), did you get
that information from real and reliable sources?
7. Do you cite all the sources you used in a bibliography at the end?
8. Do you explore the historical, economic, social, and/or political implications of your
topic through an environmental lens?
9. Do you show a link between local and global issues or events?
10. Do you identify realistic solutions to the environmental problems you present in
your article?
11. Did you choose an original topic or approach a topic in a new and creative way?
12. Did you conduct interviews and leave your school to conduct fieldwork?
13. Did you share your article:
          a) Through your own social media channels?
          b) At your school?
          c) With your National Operator?
          d) With your local or national newspapers, radio stations or TV channels?
14. If you shared your article, do you have evidence of this to give to your National
Operator?



If you answered ‘YES’ to all the questions, then you’re ready to submit your work to
the YRE Competition!

As from scholastic year 2015 - 2016, students aged 15 - 18 years will have the opportunity to work on a joint project with foreign countries, and write an article between them on any theme they choose.  All the joint projects will be judged in a category on their own; with allocated prizes and incentives. 


Maltese students aged 15 - 18 years who wish to work on a joint project with foreign countries are to contact the National Coordinator.  Links with schools will be provided through the YRE network.  


 


Contacts: Audrey Gauci


                YRE National Coordinator


                [email protected]


                79295424