2018 Annual Conference Featuring the American Mosaic Journalism Prize Winners

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"In today's journalism, freelancers are both vulnerable and valuable," says NCG member, the Heising-Simons Foundation. The Foundation has announced Valeria Fernández  and Jaeah Lee as the inaugural winners of its new journalism award, the American Mosaic Journalism Prize.

We are proud to announce that these two freelance journalists will be a part of the Morning Plenary at our 2018 Annual Conference, Together for Good on April 16th. Learn More about the Conference >

“Exceptional journalism has the ability to expose audiences to new perspectives and bring about understanding. It can break down isolation and lead to increased empathy. It can humanize the world. We’re thrilled that the inaugural recipients of the 2018 American Mosaic Journalism Prize will be speaking about their work at this year’s NCG Conference.” – Brian Eule, Director of Communications at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Valeria Fernández has been reporting on Arizona’s immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for over 15 years. She is a 2017 Adelante Research Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, covering issues at the intersection of trauma, deportation, and migration. Her recent work included a story for the Phoenix New Times in which she detailed the mental health struggles of a new immigrant in Arizona. Watch a one-minute video about Valeria >

Jaeah Lee of San Francisco is an independent journalist and a 2017 Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Her recent work included a California Sunday Magazine cover story for which Ms. Lee spent 17 months with a mother who lost her son to a police shooting. Watch a one-minute video  Jaeah >

Find out more about the 2018 winners, and read the announcement from the Heising-Simons Foundation, here.