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Alumnus wins at Food Sustainability Media Awards

7 December 2017

Journalist Justice Baidoo
Journalist - Justice Baidoo

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies would like to congratulate Justice Baidoo for winning the Food Sustainability Media Award's best 'Video Published' award.

Justice, who completed his MA in International Journalism in 2015, secured the award for his 'Food Wastage in Ghana' report and will receive a €10,000 cash prize.

The report for Joy News Today looked at how almost half of food crops produced in Ghana do not make it to the final consumer according to a 2014 study, in a country where an estimated 2 million people - mainly women and children - are at a risk of hunger and malnutrition.

The story took the reporter deep into some of Ghana's farming hinterlands to find out how a bad road network is standing between food at the farm gates and the markets.

Justice said, "This, for me, is more than an award. It presents a unique opportunity to shine a light on one of the most important issues that I think journalism in countries like Ghana should address- food security."

Documentary pathway leader Dr Janet Harris, who taught Justice during his studies in Cardiff said, "I'd like to extend our warmest congratulations to Justice on his award. His report represents an example of what good journalism should always be.

"His report seeks to tell an under represented story to a much bigger audience and in doing so help raise awareness of the issues surrounding food waste.

"Justice is one of many successful international alumni, who form a global network of Cardiff University contacts working across broadcast, documentary and multimedia journalism."

All shortlisted entries were assessed by an independent panel of leading professionals from the fields of journalism, photography, food and agricultural sustainability policy and research.

The Food Sustainability Media Award, an initiative by Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, aims to highlight innovative solutions to today’s food challenges. Justice can be contacted on Twitter.

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