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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Promoting Investigative journalism

Friday 1 July 2016, by SIGNIS

Brussels, July, 1st, (CRS). Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has announced the journalists who were selected for the 2016 Egan Journalism Fellowship. They will travel to Central America for 7-10 days in October 2016 to examine the root causes of the Latin American migration on the American continent. The journalists represent Catholic and secular media and, for the first time, a Spanish-language secular journalist.

They are:

  • Mariana Veraza (@MarianaVerazaTV), video journalist, Univision
  • Robert Christian (@RGC3), editor, Millennial
  • Ashley McKinless (@AshleyMcKinless), associate editor, America Media
  • Judith Sudilovsky (@jsudireports), freelance correspondent, Catholic News Service and Our Sunday Visitor

CRS remarked with satisfaction that this impressive, sizeable group of highly-qualified candidates of secular and Catholic journalists in English- and Spanish-language media sent their application. In its press release, the organisation said that the diverse and experienced investigative journalists, video journalists and broadcasters who applied had high-stake interests in covering these issues. CRS selected the candidates-journalists on criteria such as the “quality of their coverage, impact as communicators, and their demonstrated motivation to report on the issues that affect the poor and marginalized around the world”.

The Eileen Egan Journalism Award was founded in May 1995 by Catholic Relief Services in honour of one of the most remarkable female catholic journalists who was active in the war and in the three decades after. Ken Hackett, then executive director of Catholic Relief Services, identified Ms. Egan’s work with the agency’s mission saying, "Eileen Egan exemplifies what CRS’ mission is all about. Her recognition of war refugees as human beings worthy of dignity and respect represents the basic principles through which CRS was founded."

Egan (1912-2000), born in Wales but emigrated to the United States as a child, joined CRS in 1943 as its first professional layperson. For four decades, she worked with CRS to assist refugees and development projects in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She, known as a Roman Catholic activist, was honoured by many awards. Her article in the winter 1991 issue of Pax Christi-USA Magazine earned an award from the Catholic Press Association for the best treatment of the Gulf War in the American Catholic press.

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