The Center for Investigative Reporting has been named today as one of six finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for its Rape in the Fields project in collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision.
Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño exposed the widespread sexual harassment and assault of female agricultural workers.
The investigation produced two hourlong documentaries in two languages broadcast on FRONTLINE and Univision, an animation in English and Spanish, and long-form text pieces that appeared in The Seattle Times and across California. A companion radio series based on the overall Rape in the Fields project was broadcast on KQED, NPR and Radio Bilingue.
The text stories were written by Bernice Yeung and Grace Rubenstein at CIR with additional reporting by video producer Daffodil Altan. The documentaries were written and directed by Lowell Bergman and Andres Cediel at IRP with additional reporting from Lauren Rosenfeld, Yeung and Rubenstein. The film was edited by CIR’s Stephanie Mechura. Ariane Wu produced “Hidden in the Harvest,” a video illustrated by Marina Luz, with additional story production by Altan, Sam Ward and Mia Zuckerkandel. Editors Susanne Reber, Richard C. Paddock and Robert Salladay managed the project at CIR. Rubenstein and KQED reporter Sasha Khokha produced the companion radio series.
The Goldsmith Awards Program is administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The finalists will gather in March at Harvard, where the winner will be disclosed. It’s one of the few journalism contests in which finalists are not given advance notice of the winner.
The other five finalists are The Center for Public Integrity, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Miami New Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Wall Street Journal.