Award winning samoan journalist, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson has been selected as one of the Judges for the One Young World Journalist of the Year Award.

Established in 2020 the award is to recognise five ground-breaking journalists under the age of 35 from around the world.

Lagipoiva represents the pacific and is one of the six judges selected this year. They will choose five winners who have created meaningful global impact through exceptionally crafted reporting and who are passionate about the rights to freedom of thought, expression and speech.

Speaking from Washington State Lagipoiva is honoured to be one the panelist of judges.


The one Young World Journalist of the Year Award aims to celebrate courageous young leaders who have shown considerable commitment to inspiring and empowering others through their work, and changing the way stories are reported in often turbulent journalistic landscapes.

A High Chief from Savaii, Lagipoiva is a Pacific Island journalist and scholar who has spent over 20 years reporting on climate change, human rights, gender and culture from an island perspective.

A Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford where she wrote a pioneering study on the coverage of the climate crisis in the Pacific islands.

Lagipoiva is the host of "The Impossible Choice" a series by The Guardian, Pacific Project focusing on the existential nature of the climate crisis.

She is the recipient of a National Environment Award by the Government of Samoa recognising her work in climate journalism.

Lagipoiva is a mentor and advocate for Pacific journalism and works with the International Federation of Journalists, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and New Narratives to strengthen and support journalism in the Pacific islands.