Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, one of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning, a marker of the Qatar-based news network’s expansion into the United States.
The duPont award recognized excellent reporting by “Fault Lines,” AJE’s weekly documentary program that primarily examines the United States’ role in the world; the winning program highlighted the struggles and slow recovery in Haiti six months after the earthquake.
More details from the awards site:
Al Jazeera English
“Fault Lines, Haiti – Six Months On”
Excellent long-form reporting that revealed the ongoing vulnerability of civilians in Haiti and the inaction of international agencies
This outstanding documentary took an uncompromising look at the shortcomings of international aid and peacekeeping in Haiti six months after the devastating earthquake, reminding the world that the survivors still face urgent crises. Reporter Sebastian Walker covered the disaster in Haiti in January 2010 and stayed with the story in the months that followed as Al Jazeera English’s Haiti correspondent. With Al Jazeera English’s flagship news program Fault Lines, Walker scrutinized international aid organizations, local politics, U.N. peacekeeping and reconstruction plans. The team produced an emotional, accurate and visceral report about the lack of progress in reconstruction.
Sebastian Walker, reporter; Jeremy Dupin, Andréa Schmidt, producers; Alfredo De Lara, Snorre Wik, photographers; Andréa Schmidt, Mat Skene, writers; Warwick Meade, editor; Widney Labrousse, driver; Mat Skene, executive producer
Congrats to the all the members of the Fault Lines that helped on that episode, and all the episodes in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.