FRANCE 24, RFI awarded first prize by Global Editors Network for Earth Alert app
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A team from FRANCE 24 and its sister radio station RFI on Friday won the first prize in the Editor’s Lab competition in Barcelona for the creation of a personalised smartphone app that allows users to send environmental-related alerts to journalists.
The trio – consisting of Steven Jambot, Emmanuelle Nicolas and Alaeddine Ouertani – ran against 15 other international teams in the competition, including teams from British newspaper The Times and Austrian magazine Datum, which came in second and third place, respectively.
The free mobile app, “Earth Alert”, is interactive and allows users to send out environment-related alerts and warnings for the village, city and country they are currently in.
The alerts are divided into three categories: economic, social and environmental. A map shows the location from where an alert has been sent.
Users can also share photos and videos as well as comment on a problematic environmental situation they are in. That information can then be shared on social media networks such as Facebook.
When a location gathers a large number of alerts, journalists at FRANCE 24 and RFI will go to the location and report on the issue, thereby allowing for a larger audience reach and impact.
The competition was organised by the Global Editors Network.