Russian state news agency RIA Novosti has become the winner of the World Summit Award Mobile 2010 (WSA) for its Internet project YouReporter.
The project, aimed at encouraging citizen journalism, received the award in the category Media and News for posting video and photo materials sent by everyday Internet users, who have witnessed a remarkable event.
RIA Novosti Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Multimedia Projects Director Natalya Loseva received a certificate and crystal mobile phones, symbolizing the diversity of mobile technologies, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
According to the jury of the World Summit Award, initiated by the United Nations, the project is the best achievement in the sphere of citizen journalism. A total of 60 UN member states fought for the award, of which only five winners, including the YouReporter project, were chosen.
"This project allows a huge number of Russians to have a say, it is true citizen journalism. It gives the users a chance to share not only materials about events they witnessed but also to use their right for the freedom of speech," said a jury member and co-founder of the Association of interactive agencies, Anna Sverdlova.
The competition involved over 420 projects from 100 countries. India and the United States, who received four awards in eight categories, became the winners of the competition. Germany and Russia, who received awards for three projects, shared second place.
In late November, the YouReporter project, launched eight months ago, became a laureate of the national Russian Runet Award-2010 in the category Culture and Mass Communications.