Former WUSF Intern Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
What is the fate of women in Egypt after the revolution? That is the question former WUSF intern Carmel Delshad tried to answer in her award-winning, interactive project, I Marched Along.
Delshad graduated from the University of South Florida Honors College in 2010. She and Kirsti Itameri partnered on this "capstone" project as 2011 graduate students at CUNY, City University of New York.
Their video and social media outreach won the the 2012 RFK Europe Journalism Award in the category of University and Schools of Journalism.
The RFK Journalism Awards honor those who report on human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action.
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 according to a CUNY news release.
“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 will be presented at a ceremony in Florence, Italy on June 19. Delshad interned with WUSF 89.7 News producing radio stories and online features from October 2009 through May 2010.