WASHINGTON—The New Security Beat blog has won a 2008 Global Media Award for Excellence in Population Reporting in the category of "Best Online Commentary." A project of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, the blog joins a stellar roster of winners, including Reuters, CNN's "Planet in Peril," and a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

"I am delighted that the Population Institute has recognized the top-notch writing, audio, and video on the New Security Beat. The staff of the Environmental Change and Security Program and our guest contributors strive to illuminate the critical connections among population, the environment, security, international development, and foreign policy," said Rachel Weisshaar, the editor of the New Security Beat.

Weisshaar will accept the award tonight in Los Angeles from former CNN anchor Carol Lin and The Population Institute's William Ryerson. Renowned population-environment scholar Paul Ehrlich will give the keynote address at the 29th Annual Global Media Award ceremony at the Luxe Hotel.

On November 19th at 3:00 PM PST, Weisshaar and the other winners will present their work at a public seminar at the UCLA Medical School (Room 33-105A). The panelists will discuss the role of journalists in addressing fundamental issues like population growth and women's reproductive health.

Since January 2007, the New Security Beat has shed light on today's non-traditional security issues, including population growth, water scarcity, and environmental degradation. Using audio, video, and text, the New Security Beat offers evenhanded analysis and informed commentary by experts in demography, environment, international development, and family planning and reproductive health. Comprising individuals from more than 100 countries, the New Security Beat's readership is as international as the stories it covers.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.

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