French-American Foundation Hands Out Inaugural Immigration Journalism Awards

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French-American Foundation rewards excellence in reporting on immigration, one of the major issues affecting both the United States and the world

The French-American Foundation’s Immigration Journalism Award could not be better timed to what’s happening with regard to immigration in the United States and the world.

The French-American Foundation celebrated the work of three journalists at its inaugural Immigration Journalism Fellowship and Award program during a lunch held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Said Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation—United States, “The French-American Foundation’s Immigration Journalism Award could not be better timed to what’s happening with regard to immigration in the United States and the world.”

The Foundation cites as one of the reasons for its focus on immigration the fact that 175 million people live outside the countries in which they were born.

One day after President Barack Obama’s reelection victory, Douglas M. Price, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS and a Foundation Board member said, “France and the United States are the two great inclusive democracies. If you live in France and are from Algeria, after a generation you are French. One of President Obama’s great rallying cries was that the U.S. is a country built by immigrants.”    

The winners included:

1.    Maria Hinojosa and Margaret Ebrahim for their documentary “Lost in Detention,” a profile of conditions inside U.S. detention centers. The film appeared on PBS Frontline and The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Ms. Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA and anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Ms. Ebrahim is a senior editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit, professional newsroom at American University.

2.    Cindy Carcamo for her story “Return to Sender,” which followed a Guatemalan deportee for the first 48 hours after his return from the U.S. Ms. Carcamo is now a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Her award-winning story first appeared in Slake Los Angeles magazine.

3.    Elise Vincent of Le Monde was honored for “Au bon pain de Tataouine,” a profile of Tunisian bakers in France.

The jury which judged the French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Award was chaired by Sylvie Kauffman, editorial director of Le Monde, and Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor of the Associated Press. Other judges included: Dean Lorraine Branham of the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Newsweek’s Paris Bureau Chief Christopher Dickey, David Dieudonné of Agence France-Presse, Executive Editor of Bondy Blog Nordine Nabili, Columbia Journalism School Assistant Professor Mirta Ojito and Douglas Price.

During its Awards Ceremony, the French-American Foundation also celebrated the work of its first 12 Immigration Journalism Fellows. The program promotes independent and responsible reporting on immigration and integration issues. Stories have chronicled the experiences of Senegalese immigrants in France, Muslim immigrants in the U.S. and Asian, Latino and Middle Eastern immigrants in Philadelphia and Detroit.

The unique initiative, developed with the support of the Ford Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Fondation TF1 and Air France, focuses on one of the most important and least reported political issues of our time – the cultural, economic, social and political implications of immigration.

About the French-American Foundation: Building on more than two centuries of shared ideals and interests between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation—United States, works to enrich the relationship between the two nations and to promote a transatlantic understanding that is increasingly essential in a complex and globalized world. Founded in 1976, concurrently with is sister foundation in France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views and identify how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other in areas of mutual concern.

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