15 The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award

Best international reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition

AWARD DATE: 2018

AWARD NAME: The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award

AWARD RECIPIENT: VICE News Tonight on HBO

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: VICE News Tonight on HBO

AWARD HONORED WORK: Year of the Dog: Inside the World’s Largest Human Migration

AWARD SPONSOR: David A. Andelman and Pamela Title

Through an intimate portrait of one family, we experience the impact on 287 million Chinese migrant workers who live apart from their families. In a country known for restrictions on the media, VICE follows a couple working in a coastal city during their 40-hour journey home to their rural village for the Lunar New Year. We are with them as they sleep upright in a packed train car and during their reunion with their excited young son and sullen 15-year-old daughter, who refuses to embrace them after a year of separation. Through words (translated) and a camera (that is often close up and sometimes undercover), we recognize the tradeoffs forced on families by economic hardships— the regret of hardworking young parents missing their children, the weariness of a grandfather doing his best to raise them, and uncomfortable silences as the family pinches dough for dumplings for a once-a-year holiday meal. While many of us knew about this massive migration, we only came to understand it through this cinematic depiction of one family living a universal story.

Citation for Excellence Recipients: Adam Ellick, Taylor Adams, Kristin Bye and Leah Varjacques
Affiliation: The New York Times
Honored Work: “’It’s an Act of Murder’: How Europe Outsources Suffering as Migrants Drown”

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