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WMS Global Awards for Excellence 2014

'Al Jazeera English' picked up the prize for news teams in developing countries

The winners of the World Media Summit (WMS) Global Awards for Excellence 2014 were announced last week in Beijing.

Al Jazeera English was awarded the prize for news teams in developing countries and Indian Sainath Palagummi from The Hindu won the award for news professionals in developing countries.

The media innovation award went to Behind the Bloodshed, a USA Today investigative report, which examined FBI data as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America.

The award for new media was given to Myanmar Emerges, by GlobalPost of the U.S. The multimedia report described Myanmar’s emergence as one of the most important economic, political and cultural stories of 2013. GlobalPost spent much of the year reporting from inside the country, from the shopping malls and recording studios of Yangon, to the copper mines of Kyisintaung Mountain.

“The creation of the awards has epoch-making significance,”said Li Congjun, WMS executive chairman, chairman of the judging committee and president of Xinhua News Agency.

“It encourages all people working in the media to keep developing their professional skills and pursue excellence, while inspiring media setups to work with the times in the spirit of innovation, and to be active in our social responsibilities and public welfare,” Li said at the end of the judges’ meeting.

Judges came from several international Media, including Associated Press, Agence France Presse and Reuters, including David Schlesinger, former editor-in-chief of Reuters News.

“I was pleased to see that people took the awards very seriously and submitted excellent work and gave us very good pieces to choose from,” Schlesinger said. Over 450 news organizations and more than 500 professionals from 138 countries and region submitted over 1,400 entries.

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