Each year Population Institute (PI) honors journalists, filmmakers, radio and television show hosts, and editorial cartoonists from around the world who write about population issues. The awards are designed to promote accurate and broader media coverage of population and development issues.  2011 marks the 32nd year for the Global Media Awards. 
This year, PI will give out a dozen awards, including awards for best radio show, best television show, and best editorial cartoonist. The awards honor those who have contributed a greater public awareness of the various challenges related to population and reproductive health. The awards serve to encourage editors, news directors, and journalists to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of population issues and to stimulate higher journalistic standards for reporting on global population issues. 
In evaluating the entries, the judges look to determine whether the reporting is accurate and fair, easily understood by the targeted audience, and contributes to a healthy public debate over population and reproductive health. Eligible works for this year's contest were published or aired between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. The winners will receive their award in New York City, NY at a dinner held in January 2012.