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2014 Immigration Journalism Awards
The French-American Foundation honored the third class of winners of the Immigration Journalism Award on December 9 with a ceremony and panel discussion. Since 2011, with the ongoing support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Fondation TF1, and Air France, the Immigration Journalism Award has recognized outstanding journalism published in the United States and in France on the topics of immigration and integration, and the important role this work plays in enriching and informing the public debate on this complex and often controversial topic. In conjunction with the presentation of the 2014 Immigration Journalism Award, the French-American Foundation will host a panel discussion on the representation of diverse communities in French and U.S. media.
See photos and video of the Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion here.
2014 Immigration Journalism Award Winners
(United States) for “The Way North”, The New York Times
A 39-day multimedia project with daily dispatches and photos that chronicles immigration’s impact in the middle of America, at the local level, where immigrants and established residents collide. Far from the gridlock of Washington, in the schools, churches and neighborhoods of a half-dozen states, The Way North explores the new America emerging along Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota. Cave and photographer Todd Heisler drove 4,072 miles and discovered a nation more pragmatic and welcoming than its lawmakers would have us believe. Explore this multimedia work here.
(France) for "Ceuta, douce prison"
A moving documentary film that follows the trajectories of five migrants who leave everything to try their luck in Europe and end up in an open-air prison in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Morocco. The viewer is immersed in this prison, alongside Iqbal, Marius, Simon, Guy and Nür, and discovers their daily lives, their doubts and hopes, and their dreams of reaching Europe, so close and yet so far away. A trailer of the film is available here.
Diversity in the Newsroom: A French-American Dialogue
A study released in 2013 by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) on newsroom diversity, showed a strong decline in the number of minority journalists. At the same time, the non-white population has increased rapidly and now accounts for more than 35 percent of the U.S. population. In other words, the news media and the nation are moving in two different directions.
Both French and American media demonstrate a lack of diversity in their newsrooms, meaning the voices of news and social commentary do not fully represent the populations they serve. News organizations are losing their ability to reflect the broader range of life experiences, insights, understanding, curiosity, and opinions that make up our modern societies. In the United States, immigration reform and social integration remain topics of constant debate. Similarly, in France, one of the most heated public debates concerns the recognition and treatment of minorities, national or foreign, present on its territory.
French film director, noted journalist, and activist Rokhaya Diallo joined the Foundation to talk about her views on the state of diversity in French media. She was joined by Colombian-born journalist Annie Correal, Metro Reporter for The New York Times and 2013 Immigration Journalism Fellow, who spoke about the situation in the United States. Watch video of the Awards and Panel Discussion here.
Rokhaya Diallo is an Afro-European activist, writer and filmmaker, widely recognized for her work in favor of racial, gender and religious equality.
She uses modern and innovative approaches, such as humor, to break down discrimination barriers. For example, the INDIVISIBLES, an association she co-founded, initiated the "'Y A BON AWARDS" featuring "recognition" for the "outstanding" statements of prejudice and hatred made each year by French public figures.
Rokhaya Diallo co-directed and hosted the documentary TV series, "Equals but not too much," on LCP-AN, and was a commentator and co-host on several French TV programs and on RTL, France's number 1 radio station. As a journalist and activist, Rokhaya has become a leading voice in discussions about race and gender equality. Her documentaries: The steps to Liberty and Network of Hate along with her published books, such as How to talk to kids about racism (Ed Baron Perché) address issues of social injustice in France and around the world.
In 2012 she was honored with a prestigious award for the Struggle against Racism and Discrimination by the NGO COJEP (UN and Council of Europe affiliated). In 2013 Slate Magazine ranked her the 36th 'Most Influential French Woman' and in 2014, she appeared on the 'Purpose Economy 100' listing of innovative economic players in Europe. Most recently she was the recipient of the #LabComWomen award in the Generosity category. This award was created by TF1 and LABCOM to honor high profile women who are also digital ambassadors.
When not travelling to participate in international conferences, Ms. Diallo resides in Paris where she was born and raised. She is currently working on several books, Mon Pari(s) Afro (Ed Les Arenes), a photo book, and a comic book, Pari(s) d'amies (Ed Delcourt).
Annie Correal is a Colombian-born, New York-based reporter. She currently is a Metro Reporter for the New York Times. Throughout her career, she has covered breaking news and immigration for newspapers and public radio. She has produced work for This American Life, NPR, WNYC, The New York Times and El Diario/La Prensa, where she was on staff for two years. Annie is also the co-founder and editorial director of the storytelling platform Cowbird and a co-founder and consulting editor of Radio Ambulante, a new podcast telling uniquely Latin American stories, in Spanish.
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