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AIP Rising Awards: Water Brief

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in In The News | No Comments »

The AIP Water Award celebrates innovative people who recognise the value of water in all our lives and do extraordinary things to protect this most precious resource. It also celebrates the enterprising community journalists who capture such stories and share them to inspire others.

Water is Life
Our lives and the lives of all living things on this planet depend on water. We need to ensure both the quantity and the quality of freshwater available, whether it is in our homes or rivers, lakes and dams. There are many pressures on our water resources and we need to be very active in protecting them.

Water and Spirit
Water plays an essential part in many religious rituals across cultures. Without water there can be no baptism, no cleansing after funerals.

Innovation in Protecting out Water Resources
Many people are involved, either professionally or as private individuals. Some professionals are involved in making sure drinking water is of high quality (the Blue Drop system), or that sewage is properly treated (the Green Drop system) before being released into the rivers, or that the rivers are not polluted. Many private individuals, often working in groups, are active in looking after our rivers and lakes, carrying out tests to see if they are clean, conducting clean-ups in the surrounding areas, and looking out for pollution and reporting it to the authorities if it occurs. Others are involved in innovative ways of collecting and using rainwater for their homes and their gardens and crops.

Stories to Share
There are many stories to be found of how these people are working to look after our water resources for the benefit of everyone and of the natural world. A collection of the best stories submitted for the Water Award will be produced and shared with everyone across South Africa.
CLOSING DATE 31st August 2016
1. Entries for the AIP Rising Water Award will be judged on a combination of writing skills, use of graphic material, design and layout.

2. Entrants must be members of the AIP, with a Printer’s Certificate and Company Registration.

3. All entries must have been previously published and be a minimum of two printed newspaper pages (tabloid).

4. Entries must be submitted in hard format (published paper copies).

5. All entries must be original work.

6. Sources and references do not need to be listed in the article, but all information included must be verifiable unless the author indicates that a statement is hearsay/anecdotal or similar.

7. All entries must be submitted together with a completed entry form (downloadable from the AIP website www.aip.org.za).

CLOSING DATE 31st August 2016

Further information:
Louise Vale – 011 713 9128
Mathapelo Diokane – 011 713 9614

Hand deliver/courier to
AIP Postnet Suite 36
First Floor Private Bag X9
Media Park Postnet
69 Kingsway Avenue Melville
Auckland Park
Suggestions for writing a winning entry
1. Use quotes and interviews – it brings an article to life, giving the readers a sense of people and place. Always place the sentences that do not belong to you in quotes, and quote the speaker.
2. Write in the active sense rather than the passive sense to add pace to your article.
3. Use an attention grabbing headline which persuades the reader to read the article AND also highlights the main idea of the article. Good subheadings also make an article more readable.
4. Include facts and statistics to support your story, but also personal viewpoints as long as they are indicated as such.
5. Include specific names, places and dates to anchor the article for the reader.
6. Repeat interesting sentences/quotes in side bars to draw the reader’s attention and place extra/background information in side bars to avoid interrupting the flow of the article.
7. A picture tells a thousand stories – so place emphasis on stunning illustrative material, including photographs, illustrations/cartoons and graphics. Infographics present otherwise ‘boring’ data in a visually appealing and understandable way (eg use a map and arrows to show the movement of your subject across the country; use timelines to show a sequence of events).
8. Focus on your layout to make the article readable and visually attention-grabbing – breaking up big blocks of text with sub-headings, sidebars and illustrations

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