Pulitzer Center Update

Awards

The latest updates on Pulitzer Center grantee award nominations and wins.

Michael Kavanagh is a Finalist for Prestigious Radio Award

Michael Kavanagh's "A Call to Rebels," which aired on NPR's On the Media and is part of his The Roots of Ethnic Conflict in Eastern DRC reporting project, is a finalist in the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotion Awards. The recognition comes in the Best Special Report category.

For 52 years the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotions Awards has recognized The World's Best Work in radio broadcasting.

"La Hoja" by Gabrielle Weiss Wins Unspoken Truth Award at Media That Matters

Two Pulitzer Center-supported films won honors at the 9th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival June 3. Jennifer Redfearn's "The Next Wave," a short version of "Sun Come Up," her film on the effects of climate change on the native inhabitants of the Carteret Islands, won the Jury Award. Gabrielle Weiss' "La Hoja," on coca leaf farmers and the coca industry in Bolivia, won the Unspoken Truth Award. Congratulations, Jennifer and Gabrielle!

Pulitzer's Congo Project Wins Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Prize for Best International Reporting on Television

The RFK Foundation has awarded its 2009 prize for best international reporting on television to Michael Kavanagh and to the public television program WorldFocus for Kavanagh's reporting on rape as a weapon of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kavanagh did the reporting last fall, on one of three trips to the region commissioned and funded by the Pulitzer Center.

What follows is the WNET.org press release:

WORLDFOCUS WINS PRESTIGIOUS ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURNALISM AWARD

Reports on the Crisis in the Congo

Loretta Tofani Named Daniel Pearl Award Finalist

Loretta Tofani was awarded $2,000 by a five judge panel at the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting for her "American Imports, Chinese Deaths" reporting project. Formerly called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Award, the honor was renamed this year after Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered in 2002 by Pakistani militants. Two teams of journalists were awarded $10,000 each and the title of the 2008 Daniel Pearl Award.

Pulitzer Center Projects Receive Knight-Batten Honors

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting projects received an Honorable Mention and two Notable Entries in the annual Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism spotlight news and information providers who offer more than multimedia journalism. The awards honor novel efforts that seize and create opportunities to involve citizens in public issues and supply entry points that invite their participation or spark their imagination.