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Syria coverage honored by 2013 duPont Awards

CBS and NPR’s coverage of the Syrian uprising were recognized by the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, whose winners were announced Wednesday morning by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

CBS reporter Clarissa Ward “bravely reported on what was happening inside Syria’s dangerous and largely inaccessible insurgent strongholds despite government efforts to keep foreign journalists away,” the awards say.

To report this extraordinary series of nine stories, Ward entered Syria posing as a tourist carrying only a small camera. She gave viewers the rare opportunity to meet the people behind the shaky cell phone videos posted on YouTube. With deliberate and straightforward reporting, Ward provided riveting details about activists and regular citizens as their struggle brought Syria to the brink of civil war.

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Al Jazeera English wins first duPont as 14 news orgs awarded with broadcast, digital honors

Al Jazeera English has won its first Alfred I. duPont award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, one of 14 the Columbia School of Journalism announced this morning, a marker of the Qatar-based news network’s expansion into the United States.

The duPont award recognized excellent reporting by “Fault Lines,” AJE’s weekly documentary program that primarily examines the United States’ role in the world; the winning program highlighted the struggles and slow recovery in Haiti six months after the earthquake.

Winning such a prestigious American media award “is an indication of how things have shifted in the way that we’re perceived in the U.S.,” said Sebastian Walker, the Fault Lines correspondent who led the Haiti reporting. “This year in particular there has been a huge change in how Americans think about Al Jazeera, with our coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations that have brought about the Arab Spring.”

Al Jazeera English shares some resources, equipment, video clips and logistical support with sister network Al Jazeera, but each has separate news operations and largely separate audiences. Read more