DemDaily: In The Name of Human Rights and RFK

June 4, 2021

The RFK Human Rights Book and Journalism Awards were presented yesterday, offering a spotlight on some of the most compelling works of the last year.

From the novice high school and college journalists to internationally recognized writers and photographers, the list and links are worth checking out -- not only for the much needed inspiration, but for the larger perspective on what was "an intense and tumultuous year."

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968, working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations.
Their team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice. In the United States and in over 30 countries worldwide, their programs have pursued strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of students in human rights advocacy and fostering a social good approach to business and investment.

Founded by the reporters who covered Robert F. Kennedy's historic 1968 presidential campaign, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy's concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.

Entries must provide insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of human rights violations and injustice, and critical analysis of relevant policies, programs, individual actions, and private endeavors that foster positive change.

The RFK Journalism Awards are also among the few in which winners are determined by their peers. Past winners include the Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS's 60 Minutes, ABC's 20/20, and HBO.

Kerry Kennedy, who has led RFKHR for over three decades, received the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates 2017 Humanitarian Award (Mike Pont/RFKHR)

2021 ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURNALISM AWARDS

High School Print and New Voices for Justice Award
Bigoted Badges: How Hate and Violence are Embedded in Kentucky Law Enforcement Training
duPont Manual High School's Manual RedEye: Satchel Walton, Cooper Walton, and Payton Carns
High School Broadcast
The Pandemic Program
Prosper High School's Eagle Nation News: Grant Johnson,
Kacey Boston, Cristina Folsom, and Maggie Hale
College Journalism
Kids Imprisoned
Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
and Mass Communication: News21 Staff
Domestic Print and Grand Prize
The Confederate Reckoning
USA TODAY Network in the South: Michael Anastasi and Mark Russell
International Print
Fruits of Labor
Associated Press: Margie Mason and Robin McDowell

(USA TODAY Network in the South)

Domestic Photography
We Keep Us Safe
VII Photo Agency: André Chung
International Photography
War Forces Thousands of Ethiopians Into Sudan
Associated Press: Nariman El-Mofty
Radio
Canary: The Washington Post Investigates
Washington Post: Amy Brittain, Reena Flores, and Bishop Sand
New Media
Gag Order: How Marine Corps Culture Silenced a Victim of Sexual Assault
The War Horse: Thomas Brennan, Kelly Kennedy, and Ben Kalin
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: Reveal News Team

(Nariman El-Mofty)

Domestic Television
16 and Recovering
MTV News: Steve Liss, Ben Hurvitz, Lily Neumeyer,
 and the team at MTV News
International Television and Seigenthaler Prize
Welcome to Chechnya
HBO: David France
Criminal Justice Reform Prize
Dying Inside
Reuters: Peter Eisler, Jason Szep, Linda So, Grant Smith, Ned Parker, and the rest of the Reuters team
The Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was founded in 1980 with the proceeds from Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s best-selling biography, Robert Kennedy and His Times
Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights presents an award to the book that, as Schlesinger said, "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."
2021 ROBERT F. KENNEDY BOOK AWARD

W.W. Norton & Company: Claudio Saunt, Author

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