Voice of America's Immigration Unit took first place honors in the Chesapeake Press Broadcaster's Association (CAPBA) annual awards show for it's reporting on immigration in 2017. The four person Unit consists of Aline Barros, Ramon Taylor, Victoria Macchi, and is led by editor, Molly McKitterick,
The multimedia online report 2017 Immigration Year in Review, which was originally an idea from Macchi is a comprehensive look at U.S. immigration policy and covers a wide range of topics from the administration's proposed travel ban, to the status of "dreamers" to President Trump's promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to curb illegal immigration.
In awarding first place honors the judges noted that the VOA Immigration Unit’s 2017 Immigration Year in Review did an impressive job creating “a nice variety of elements that can enable the viewer to access the content in a way that suits how they want to learn...”
Immigration Unit Editor Molly McKitterick called the experience of putting together the project “amazing.” “What really made it rewarding" she said, "was how different the project was for us since we got to work on something that addressed all the big issues of the year.”
Aline Barros noted that what made their piece truly stand out was the “web videos from the video production team..." The video team consists of Marcus Harton, Bezhan Hamdard, and Brian Williamson.
The annual CAPBA journalism contest is open to journalists in DC, Maryland, and Delaware who work for AP member stations. The work must have been broadcast during the previous calendar year. Categories are separated into radio and television, and according to market size. A panel of peers from similar-sized markets judge the entries. Best of Show awards are voted on by a separate panel of judges.