☷VOA stories win two Headliner Awards
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VOA stories win two Headliner AwardsApril 29 , 2022Washington , D . C . — Voice of America journalists won in two National Headliner Awards categories , the competition that honors the best reporting in the United States in 2021 . The press freedom project “The Mechanism” took second place for “digital presentation of a single features project , ” with bilingual coverage of threats on journalists in Mexico , and the government’s attempt to protect reporters . Every 12 hours , a journalist in Mexico is threatened . Between 2012 and 2021 , 31 journalists were killed , many threatened and kidnapped . VOA’s English and Spanish newsrooms knew many important moments could never be captured on video or in a photo . The reporting team , Cristina Caicedo Smit , Victor Castillo , Guadalupe Rincon , Jessica Jerreat and Amy Reifenrath , chose Brian Williamson’s artistic illustrations to relate the experience of a reporter who was kidnapped from the scene of a news story and threatened with execution . “I’m especially pleased for the recognition VOA journalists are getting for their work promoting press freedom , in the case of ‘The Mechanism , ’” said Acting VOA Director Yolanda López . “I am exceptionally touched by the award multiple journalists in VOA got for their coverage of the withdrawal of the U . S . military from Afghanistan , as so many of our own colleagues were directly affected by this news event . ”VOA won third place for continuing coverage of a major news event by “broadcast television networks , cable networks and syndicators” with a submission named , “Mission’s End: War and Withdrawal in Afghanistan . ”VOA journalists Carla Babb , Ayesha Tanzeem , Kane Farabaugh , and Arif Aslan filed on many aspects of the U . S . military withdrawal from Afghanistan . The entry was a compilation of coverage from on the ground in Afghanistan , across the U . S . , to the Pentagon , as the U . S . military prepared to leave and the Taliban swept back into power . Reporting ranged from the unfolding crisis at Kabul airport , to veterans who had fought in Afghanistan , to those newly arrived back on U . S . soil . The National Headliner Awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City and are considered among the most prestigious journalism awards in the U . S . About VOAVoice of America reaches a global weekly audience of more than 311 . 8 million people in 47 languages . VOA programs are delivered on satellite , cable , shortwave , FM , medium wave , streaming audio and video and more than 2 , 350 media outlets worldwide . It is funded by the U . S . Congress through USAGM .
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