J-School’s Investigative Reporting Program documentary wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
"Rape in the Fields," a yearlong investigation into the widespread sexual assault of American field workers, won the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights' top journalism award. In addition to the grand prize, the committee also selected the film for the 2014 Domestic Television Award. The documentary was a collaboration between the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, The Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS Frontline and Univision.
It is the first time a news program has aired on two national networks in two different languages; the film appeared in English on PBS Frontline, and the Spanish version "Violacion de un Sueño" aired on Univision.
The film features the work of nine J-School alums: Andres Cediel (’04), Zachary Stauffer (’08), Lauren Rosenfeld (’12), Linsay Rousseau Burnett (’10), J.J. Barrow (’12), Daffodil Altan (’04), Rosa Ramirez (’11), Tupac Saavedra (’07), Alicia Avila ('13); four J-School students: Yousur Alhlou, Steve Fisher, Erica Hellerstein and Anne Hoffman; and five UC Berkeley undergrads: Alyssa Jaffer, Nadeen Jubran, Mariela Nevarez, Claire Perlman and Mariana Sosa Cordero.
Earlier this year, "Rape in the Fields" won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize.
The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards celebrate excellence in investigative journalism on human rights issues.
The award ceremony took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on May 22.