December 09, 2014

2014 Immigration Journalism Awards and Panel Discussion

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The French-American Foundation honored the third class of winners of the Immigration Journalism Award on December 9 with a ceremony and panel discussion.

In conjunction with the presentation of the 2014 Immigration Journalism Award, the French-American Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the representation of diverse communities in French and U.S. media.

With the ongoing support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Fondation TF1, and Air France, the Immigration Journalism Award 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.

Learn more about our winners

2014 Immigration Journalism Award Winners

Damien Cave

(United States) for “The Way North”, The New York Times

Presentation of the 2014 Immigration Journalism Award to Damien Cave for “The Way North,” The New York Times.
Introduction by Allan Chapin, Chairman of the French-American Foundation


Jonathan Millet

(France) for “Ceuta, douce prison”

Presentation of the 2014 Immigration Journalism Award Prix TF1 to Jonathan Millet for “Ceuta, Douce Prison.”
Introduction by Antoine Guélaud, Editorial Director at TF1

Read an interview with Jonathan Millet

Panel Discussion

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.