French-American Foundation Announces Newest Class of Immigration Journalism Fellows at Annual Gala Dinner

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The French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Program advances the public debate on the important social issue of immigration worldwide in print, broadcast, and online media.

The French-American Foundation’s Immigration Reporting Fellows Program helps to improve the media’s coverage of this important social justice issue and celebrates excellence in the field.

At its annual gala dinner, the French-American Foundation–United States announced the winners of its 2013 Immigration Journalism Fellows program. The eight journalists were selected from more than 150 applicants and represent the second class of recipients of this prestigious fellows program. Their reporting will examine the conditions of immigrants in France and the United States from countries that include Turkey, Senegal, Ecuador and Algeria.

Said Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation—United States, “Immigration remains of vital concern at the center of discussions in the United States, France, and many other countries in the world. The French-American Foundation’s Fellows Program helps to improve the media’s coverage of this important social justice issue and celebrates excellence in the field.”

The winners include staff and free-lance journalists with a depth of experience in reporting for a variety of mainstream and online news outlets, both print and broadcast. Each will receive a grant of up to $10,000 over a four to six-month reporting period.

One of the French-American Fellows Program judges is John Yearwood, world editor of The Miami Herald. “I think initiatives like this one are absolutely necessary. There are so many stories in this space that newspapers and broadcast entities will probably never get to without programs such as this,” said Yearwood. “Reading the entries was a thrill for me. I kept saying after reading each story that I would like to see it on the pages of The Miami Herald.”

The French-American Foundation first launched its journalism programs in 1976 and has since provided exchange and reporting opportunities for more than 280 journalists. The Immigration Journalism Award and Fellowship program also builds upon the Foundation’s commitment to exploring issues of migration and equal opportunity, which has been the focus of 15 separate initiatives.

The 2013 Immigration Journalism Fellows are:

  •     Amy Bracken, 38, of Boston, who plans to cover the human impact of detaining more than 10,000 asylum seekers in the United States every year. Her story will be broadcast on PRI’s The World.
  •     Annie Correal, 32 of New York, who plans to cover the lives of “disaster migrants” who trail natural and manmade disasters like oil spills and chemical leaks. Her story is expected to be broadcast on This American Life and Radio Ambulante.
  •     David Dieudonné, 40, of Paris who plans to compare the French and American models of immigration by examining the experiences of Algerians who migrate to each country. His story should appear in Le Monde.
  •     Ian Gordon, 31, of Oakland, who plans to examine the trauma endured by children during and after their experiences crossing into the border of the United States. His story is expected to appear in Mother Jones.
  •     Damaso Reyes, 34, of Brooklyn who plans to report on the experiences of Europeans of Turkish descent who return to Turkey for better prospects. His story will appear in Forbes.
  •     Stefania Rousselle and Maïa De la Baume, 30 and 32, of Paris, who plan to examine the fate of Senegalese women whose husbands have disappeared at sea. Their story is expected to appear in The New York Times.
  •     Bill Wheeler, 32, of Laguna Beach, who will look at the lessons learned from Ecuador’s open-border policy. His story should appear in TheAtlantic.com.

The French-American Foundation’s jury is chaired by Sylvie Kauffmann, Editor at Large of Le Monde, and Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Editor at The Associated Press in New York. Other members of the jury include: Lorraine Branham, Dean and Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University; James Graff, Executive Editor, The Week; Kevin Grant, Deputy Editor, Special Reports, GlobalPost.com; 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.

The jurors’ next task will be judging the French-American Foundation’s Immigration Journalism Awards. Cash prizes will be awarded to two journalists – one based in Europe, the other in North America. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the quality of their work and the potential impact it may have on the question of global immigration. The deadline for Award submissions is June 28, 2013 (http://www.frenchamerican.org/immigration-journalism-award).

To learn more about the Immigration Journalism Program, generously funded by the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, visit: http://www.frenchamerican.org/immigration-journalism-award.

About the French-American Foundation: Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation–United States works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world. With its sister foundation, the French-American Foundation–France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange views and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit.

The Foundation addresses several current policy issues including education; immigration; security and defense; business and the economy; energy and the environment; urban development and renewal; health care; and cultural policy. Programs include its signature Young Leaders program, conferences, high-level professional exchanges, and study tours for leaders in government, business, academia, media, and culture, creating a rich network of people and ideas for action.

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