A web reality series called “Hometown Baghdad” swept the news video awards this year, winning for best news and politics series, best public service and activism, and best reality content. The series follows three young Iraqis through everyday life in Baghdad—showing a side of Iraqi life viewers never see on network news. In the midst of war, how do people work, go to school, fall in love? The series, launched in March 2007, has been applauded by the Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Guardian (UK), National Public Radio, and many others.
The People’s Voice winner in the same category is a FRONTLINE/World video by photojournalist Mimi Chakarova and video journalist Sachi Cunningham about prostitution and sex tourism in Dubai called “Dubai: Night Secrets.” The piece is a follow-up to Chakarova’s stunning audio slideshow on sex trafficking in Eastern Europe: “Moldova: The Price of Sex.”