Every April, a national jury selects and awards the top entries in the article, photography, and video categories for 11-14 and 15-18 year-olds in the YRE Canada Eco-journalism Competition.

Below are the criteria that the jury uses when evaluating entries in the article category. While these criteria are not mandatory, participants are encouraged to try to meet as many of them as possible while working on their projects.

  1. Local investigation
  • A local environmental problem and/or issue has been indentified
  • The local environmental issue is linked to the bigger global picture
  • The work shows investigative skills
  • Interviews were performed
  • Experts on the issue/topic were interviewed
  • Information sources are cited
  1. Journalistic production
  • The piece is original in its scope or style
  • The participant has picked a challenging topic
  • The issue is clearly explained
  • The report is not just “problem oriented.” It also outlines a solution
  • The article is well-structured
  • Writers have proofread their work (i.e. there are no spelling and grammatical errors)
  • There are images included, along with photo credits