French-American Foundation Presents Immigration Journalism Awards

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French-American Foundation will reward excellence in reporting on immigration with three cash prizes at a ceremony in New York City on November 13, 2013.

With this award, the French-American Foundation's goal is to recognize the work of talented journalists who contribute to advancing the debate on immigration on both sides of the Atlantic.

The French-American Foundation will recognize three journalists for excellence in the coverage of immigration and integration at the Second Annual Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, at 6 p.m. at the Century Association in New York City.

“The French-American Foundation’s Immigration Journalism Award celebrates diversity and excellence in immigration coverage,” French-American Foundation President Charles Kolb said. “With this award, the French-American Foundation's goal is to recognize the work of talented journalists who contribute to advancing the debate on immigration on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Tickets are available for the Awards Ceremony and a cocktail reception that will follow. Click here: or contact Thibault Chareton at tchareton(at)frenchamerica(dot).org.

The 2013 Immigration Journalism Award recipients, selected by the Immigration Journalism Fellowship and Awards International Jury, include:

o    Jose Antonio Vargas for “Not Legal, Not Leaving” -- A year after coming out about his undocumented status in The New York Times Magazine and attracting worldwide coverage, Vargas wrote this essay about life in citizenship limbo. He addressed provocative questions that everyday Americans around the country, from Alabama to Arizona, have asked him. Read the article, published in TIME Magazine on June 25, 2012, here:,9171,2117243,00.html.

o    Perla Trevizo for “A Far Cry” -- Combining images, personal accounts, and videos, Trevizo tells the story of a Burundian refugee, going from the last remaining refugee camp in Tanzania to the public housing projects of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The series touches upon the effects of war on families, the hardships they face, and the opportunities found in a new land. Explore this multimedia work published by the Times Free Press in October 2012 here

o    Thierry Leclère for “22 jours dans la vie d’Ogosto” (22 days in Ogosto’s life) -- Leclère’s narratative tells how a Moroccan civil servant fought to make sure that Ogosto, an undocumented Nigerian immigrant, received a proper burial. Read the article, published in Revue XXI in the spring of 2013, here:

Vargas and Trevizo, who tied for best coverage in English, will each receive $2,500. Leclère will receive a $5,000 prize for coverage in French.

The Awards ceremony will include a keynote address by 2012 winner, Maria Hinojosa, who is president of The Futuro Media Group as well as anchor and executive producer of "Latino USA" on NPR and host of WGBH's "Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One."

A panel discussion will follow featuring Jim Avila, senior national correspondent for ABC News and White House Correspondent at Fusion, Monica Tavares, chief of staff for Immigrant Affairs in New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Office, and Mirta Ojito, assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of the recent “Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town” (Beacon Press, October 2013). The discussion will be moderated by Garry Pierre-Pierre, executive director of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The international jury that judged the French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Award was chaired by Sylvie Kauffmann, editor at large of Le Monde, and Michael Oreskes, vice president and senior managing editor of the Associated Press in New York. Other members of the jury included Lorraine Branham, dean and professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University; James Graff, executive editor, The Week; Nordine Nabili, executive editor, Bondy Blog in France; Mirta Ojito, assistant professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Doug Price, president and CEO, Rocky Mountains PBS; and John Yearwood, world editor, The Miami Herald.

During the Awards Ceremony, the French-American Foundation will also celebrate the work of its second class of Immigration Journalism Fellows. The program promotes independent and responsible reporting on immigration and integration issues. Stories in 2013 have so far focused on the experiences of immigrants who have been detained in the United States before being granted refugee status featured on PRI’s The World; the lives of “disaster migrants” who trail natural and manmade disasters like oil spills and chemical leaks featured on This American Life; and the French and American models of integration through the experiences of Algerian families who have migrated to each country. For more details on the 2013 Fellows, click here (

The unique initiative was developed with the support of the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fondation TF1, and Air France to promote responsible and high-quality journalism addressing the cultural, economic, social and political implications of immigration worldwide.

A vital resource for policymakers, academics, journalists, and other stakeholders who seek information and analysis on immigration and integration issues, the French-American Foundation has three decades of experience working with the media community, discussing journalistic challenges, and encouraging best practices on issues of public policy.

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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