Columbia Journalism School

Winter 2012 Winners' Circle Events

January 18, 2012 - Panels on Spring Prep Day

"A Year at War" with The New York Times Multimedia Team
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Lecture Hall

Open to students and faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism

Nyt-femalesoldierPhoto: The New York Times, "A Year At War"
The New York Times multimedia team will discuss how they harnessed the many potentials of digital story-telling in their 2012 duPont-Columbia Award winning interactive feature "A Year At War." By employing all the tools available to them on the web, they told the story of troops deployed in Afghanistan in a way that had never been done before - from the home front to the battlefield, all the realities of the life of a soldier are revealed. Stunning video and photography, journal entries, and reporting, combined with reader engagement, give this package a powerful depth. The team will discuss how the work came together, and how each element enabled them to tell a more complete story of the men and women of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division.

Duy Linh Tu, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice; Coordinator, Digital Media Program

Jim Dao, Staff Reporter
Andrew DeVigal, Multimedia Editor 
Nancy Donaldson, Senior Multimedia Producer
Meaghan Looram, Deputy Picture Editor 
Marcus Yam, Photographer
Recognized for digital reporting for "A Year At War"

Haiti and After the Earthquake with Al Jazeera English and The Renaud Brothers
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Lecture Hall

Open to students and faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism


Haiti-renaud-boyPhoto: The Renaud Brothers, "Surviving the Earthquake: Children" for The New York Times
This year the duPont-Columbia Awards recognized two pieces about Haiti. Following the 2010 earthquake, the team from Al Jazeera English took a hard look at the shortcomings of international aid organizations, reconstruction, local politics and peacekeeping missions in Haiti for six months following the devastation. In the Renaud Brother’s documentary for The New York Times, they follow the stories of two children who suffered devastating injuries in the earthquake. They followed their heart-wrenching road to recovery in the U.S. while facing an uncertain future back in Haiti. Both teams will discuss how they found their stories, and their commitment to the long-term coverage of the continuing story. 
June Cross, Associate Professor; Coordinator, Documentary Program; Award-winning Filmmaker

Jeremy Dupin, Haiti Bureau Producer 
Sebastian Walker, Correspondent
Andrea Schmidt, Producer
Mat Skene, Executive Producer
Recognized with Al Jazeera English for "Fault Lines, Haiti -- Six Months On"
Craig Renaud, Producer
Brent Renaud, Producer
Recognized with The New York Times for digital reporting for "Surviving Haiti's Earthquake: Children"

Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lecture Hall

Admission to the public is $10; Free with ID for students, faculty and alumni of the Journalism School, Business School and Engineering School at Columbia University



Dupont_2012_winner-engelPhoto: NBC Breaking News, "Arab Spring"
NBC News received a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Arab Spring, which was led by the stellar reporting of its Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel. During this evening conversation, Engel will speak with William Wheatly, Jr., current chair of the duPont-Columbia Award jury and former executive vice president of NBC.  
William Wheatly, Jr., Chair, duPont Jury; Former Executive Vice President of NBC News 

Recognized with NBC News for 2011 Arab Spring Coverage

January 20, 2012 - Panel and Workshops

Lara Logan, CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent
Friday, January 20, 2012
9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Lecture Hall

Open to the Public. Please RSVP.

Logan-hintzPhoto: CBS News, "60 Minutes: Relentless Enemy"
A conversation with CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan about her career and her 2012 duPont Award-winning story from September 2010 CBS News "60 Minutes: A Relentless Enemy" about the war in Afghanistan. Topics will include what it is like to work as a foreign correspondent today, Logan's almost two decade career covering news and conflicts around the world, her work at CBS News 60 Minutes and challenges and opportunities for journalists today. 
A'Lelia Bundles, duPont-Columbia Award Juror; Author; Award-winning Producer

Lara Logan, Correspondent

Recognized with CBS News for "60 Minutes: Relentless Enemy"
Panel will also be broadcast live on BlogTalkRadio

Local Journalism that Impacts Communities
Friday, January 20, 2012
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Lecture Hall

Open to the Public. Please RSVP.
Localinvest-wtvf-2officers1guyPhoto: WTVF-Nashville, "Policing for Profit"

These local investigative journalists highlight the importance of the media’s role as a watchdog, as well as the great power of a story to impact communities. Joining the panel is WNYC’s Ailsa Chang (CUJ ‘08), whose two-part radio series on routine abuses of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy prompted state legislators to introduce a bill to curb aggressive and potentially illegal searches. Byron Harris, of WFAA-TV Dallas, will also discuss his nine-part investigation that revealed rampant fraud surrounding local for-profit career schools and led to tighter state regulations of these institutions. WSB Atlanta’s Jodie Fleischer’s eight-part investigation exposed a group of citizens who wrongly claimed ownership of foreclosed homes, leading to more than a dozen arrests. Finally, Phil Williams, of WTVF-TV Nashville, will detail his investigation that exposed how a loophole in a law intended to curb the flow of illegal drugs allowed some law enforcement agencies to confiscate cash from out-of-state drivers. 

Sheila Coronel,Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism

Ailsa Chang
 (CUJ '08) with WNYC for "Alleged Legal Searches by the NYPD"
Byron Harris with WFAA, Dallas for "Bitter Lessons"
Jodie Fleischer with WSB, Atlanta for "Stealing Houses"
Phil Williams with WTVF, Nashville for "Policing for Profit"

When Science and Journalism Intersect with Detroit Public TV and NOVA
Friday, January 20, 2012
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Room 601B

Open to the Public. Please RSVP.

Science-dtroittvPhoto: Detroit Public TV, "Beyond The Light Switch"
Two outstanding examples of science reporting are being honored at the duPont-Columbia Awards this year. Following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, WGBH and NOVA produced "Japan's Killer Quake" in only 10 days. The documentary includes eyewitness accounts and a thorough investigation of the natural disaster and nuclear crisis that followed. Detroit Public TV is also being honored for "Beyond the Light Switch," a two-part series on the future of energy. The documentary examines the implications of coal, natural gas, renewables and solar on both the citizen and global level. Representatives from both pieces will discuss their reporting methods and the intersection of science and journalism. 

Marguerite Holloway, Assistant Professor and Director, Science and Environmental Journalism

Richard Burke-Ward, NOVA
Recognized with WGBH, Boston, for "NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake"
Ed Moore, Detroit Public TV
David Biello (CUJ '04), Detroit Public TV
Recognized for "Beyond the Light Switch"




February 2012 - Workshops

WNYC's Radio Rookies on storytelling and journalism
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
5 PM to 6:30 PM
Columbia Journalism School

WNYC Radio Rookies | Photo: WNYC

Producers and youth reporters from WNYC's Radio Rookies Staten Island 2011 group will meet with students and professors at the Journalism School in a workshop that  will explore personal storytelling, journalism and the Radio Rookies production process.

In January, the six young storytellers were recognized for their "Coming Up in 2011" series, which bravely and unsparingly told of their personal challenges growing up today from expressing sexuality to growing up in foster care.

The workshop will be co-hosted by Ann Cooper, professor and director of the broadcast program, and Joe Richman, adjunct professor and founder of Radio Diaries.

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