Deadline Extended to August 19th for Applications to the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Immigration Journalism Award

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The French-American Foundation Journalism Award provides cash prizes for visionary stories that advance the public debate on immigration worldwide in print, broadcast and online media.

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 award contributes to improving the media’s coverage of the topic.

The French-American Foundation–United States is extending the deadline for applications for its 2013 Immigration Journalism Award. The cash prize is the first award to specifically honor excellence in the coverage of immigration and integration worldwide. Award jurors are specifically looking for visionary stories with the potential to advance public debate on immigration – in print, broadcast and online media.

Until August 19, 2013, journalists can submit their work by visiting:

The French-American Foundation Awards Jury will recognize the work of two journalists – one based in Europe, the other in North America. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the quality of their work as well as the potential impact it may have on the question of global immigration. Award recipients will be invited to attend and speak at a ceremony in November 2013 in New York, where their work will be celebrated in the presence of renowned media professionals.

Announcing the second year for the prize, Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation—United States, stated that “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 award contributes to improving the media’s coverage of the topic by celebrating excellence in the field.”

The jury that will judge the Immigration Journalism Award 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,; 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 winners of the inaugural 2012 Immigration Journalism Award were honored at an Awards Ceremony held last November at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York (see photos from the event). The winners included:

  •     Los Angeles Times Correspondent Cindy Carcamo for her article “Return to Sender” that focused on the first 48 hours of a deportee’s life after his return to Guatemala on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight from the United States;
  •     Margaret Ebrahim and Maria Hinojosa for the documentary “Lost in Detention” about the Obama administration’s get-tough immigration policy. “Lost in Detention” was co-produced by PBS Frontline and The Investigative Reporting Workshop; and
  •     Elise Vincent for her article “Au bon pain de Tatouine” about the growing number of bakers of Tunisian origin in France. The article was published in the French newspaper, Le Monde.

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.

To learn more about the Immigration Journalism Program, generously funded by the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, visit:

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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