Class of ’11 graduates Carmel Delshad and Kirsti Itameri have won the the 2012 RFK Europe Journalism Award in the category of University and Schools of Journalism for “I Marched Along,” their interactive project documenting how the upheaval in Egypt will affect women.
The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor those who report on issues that reflect the late U.S. Attorney General’s and New York State Senator’s concerns for human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the U.S. and around the world. The European RFK Awards were established in 2010.
Delshad and Itameri began their research for “I Marched Along” while interning in Cairo last summer. Delshad worked for NPR’s Cairo bureau and the Cairo correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, while Itameri reported for Al-Masry Al-Youm, an independent Egyptian news site. Their work evolved into their capstone project, the substantial piece of journalism every CUNY J-Schooler must produce to graduate.
“They both did a terrific job on this capstone project in Interactive III last fall,” said their professor, Sandeep Junnarkar, who heads the CUNY J-School’s Interactive Reporting Program. “They really used social media effectively by beginning a conversation about their topic well before even publishing their videos. They built up a big following on Facebook, got people to provide videos, photos, feedback, etc., and then began publishing their own videos and interactives towards the end of the semester. It paid off for them.”
The award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights will be presented at a ceremony in Florence, Italy on June 19.