A Zimbabwean journalist based in Birmingham, United Kingdom, Selbin Kabote, has been selected to be a judge for the prestigious One World Media Awards this year.
Selbin, who works for charity Migrant Voice as a Media Lab Project Worker, is one of four judges in the ‘Refugee Reporting’ category at the annual event.
Established in 1998, the One World Media Awards recognise the best media coverage of developing countries, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe.
Open to journalists and filmmakers from all over the world with 15 key categories, the awards highlight work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres and themes. The focus is on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to developing countries.
The One World Media Awards also celebrate “stories that break down stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people from different cultures”.
Among the judging panel will be some leading and experienced journalists from the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, Sky News, ITV, Financial Times and other international high-profile media organisations.
Selbin works with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to arm them with the tools needed to create their own media platforms.
He honed his craft during the 1980’s as a journalist working for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and radio producer for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC Channel Africa, before travelling to the UK in search of better opportunities.
Speaking about the opportunity to be involved in these awards, he said, “Being a judge will enable me and my fellow judges to honour and recognise the best media coverage of developing countries by hardworking and talented journalists and filmmakers from all over the world.”