INM journalist among two DCU graduates to receive Robert F. Kennedy award in the USA
Independent News & Media (INM) journalist Catherine Devine is among two DCU graduates awarded the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the USA.
Ms Devine, a news reporter for Independent.ie, received the award alongside fellow DCU graduate Rosanna Cooney, who are among a group of journalism students awarded this year.
The award was in recognition of the Carnegie-Knight News21 ‘Hate in America’ investigative reporting project, an eight-month project which looked at acts of intolerance, racism and hate crimes across the USA.
Ms Devine and Ms Cooney were part of the group from 19 universities, who travelled across the States last year to take part in this project.
Great news: Two of our grads are part of @news21 team to win 2019 Robert F. Kennedy #Journalism Award. Congrats Rosanna Cooney [MAJ] & Catherine Devine [BAJ]. @DublinCityUni @RFKHumanRights https://t.co/RKQfwG2Nhv— School of Comms DCU (@DCU_SoC) May 7, 2019
Students spent spring and summer of 2018 researching story topics, then travelled across the U.S. during the summer to do reporting in the field.
Their work included 12 digital stories, a 43-minute documentary film and a five-episode podcast following the life cycle of hate.
The RFK Journalism Awards programme honours outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Kennedy’s passions, including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the U.S. and around the world.
Their team was led by Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who serves as executive editor for Carnegie-Knight News21.
"This project was an extremely challenging endeavor in which our student reporters were asked to report nationally on one of the most controversial political topics of our times,” Petchel said.
“And yet, in every encounter and interview, they found ways to tell the story of the oppressed and the oppressors, not matter how uncomfortable.”