||The RFK Journalism Award in the US has been presented to outstanding journalists for more than 40 years. Called the “Poor People’s Pulitzer”, it was established by journalists who followed Senator Robert Kennedy in his presidential campaign in 1968.
In 2010 the first ever Robert F. Kennedy Europe High School and University Journalism Award, with the patronage of Premio Ischia, was established.
The Award aims to raise awareness on human rights issues amongst the future media operators.
It is an important event in our yearly activities. 5 Italian journalism schools were involved (Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori per la Formazione e l’Aggiornamento in Giornalismo Radiotelevisivo di Perugia, la Scuola di giornalismo Walter Tobagi dell’Università degli Studi di Milano e la Scuola di giornalismo a stampa radiotelevisivo e multimediale - Università Cattolica, l’ Istituto per la formazione al giornalismo di Urbino, la Scuola superiore di giornalismo LUISS di Roma).
The winner was selected by a jury of highly qualified journalism professionals:
Giovanna Botteri - TG3
Mario Lubetkin - Director Inter Press Service IPS
Mimosa Martini - TG5
Gennaro Sangiuliano – Deputy Editor in Chief TG1
Francesco Angelo Siddi – General Secretary FNSI
The winner was selected amongst the students of the journalism schools who sent written or video entries. The jury selected Andrea Gerli, from the school in Perugia, with his video "Born again on stage".
Andrea, with a delegation from RFK Europe, was a guest at the ceremony for the presentation of the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award of the RFK Center, in Washington. The sight of our young winner with international journalists from the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, was moving.
On July 3rd, at 11,30 am, the winners of Premio Ischia will be presented, and the event will be broadcasted live on Io Reporter – SKY TG 24.
Also on July 3rd, RFK Europe organizes with Premio Ischia a debate on the issue of citizen journalism, “Citizen journalism and human rights. How internet changes information and how information changes the world”. Special focus will be given to the importance and complementarity of information that comes directly from the world, in all countries, but specially in those where governments and other forms of power control information.
John Simpson, journalist from the BBC and winner of the XXXI Premio Ischia
Margareth Engel, director of Newsmuseum in Washington, DC, and chairman of the RFK USA Journalism Award jury.
Laura Bauer, winner of the 2010 RFK Journalism Award for the National press category
Riccardo Luna director of Wired Italia
The event will be chaired by Emilio Carelli, director of SKY TG 24.
On July 4th instead there will be the official ceremony for the XXXI edition of Premio Ischia, which will be subsequently broadcasted on RAIUNO on July 14th.