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Bilal Belkacemi Grabs Ooredoo Award; Late Jody Porter Honored; Decline in News Consumption: A Roundup

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Bilal Belkacemi Grabs Ooredoo Award; Late Jody Porter Honored; Decline in News Consumption: A Roundup

Journalist Bilal Belkacemi, associated with Ennahar TV, has been awarded second place in the television category at the Ooredoo Media Star Awards for his thought-provoking work, "Do we have a spy among us?"

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The annual Ooredoo celebration, graced by the Minister of Communication, Mohamed Laqab, witnessed the attendance of a plethora of journalists hailing from diverse national media platforms, including print, broadcast, and online mediums.

Legacy of Bilal Belkacemi

Ennahar TV, an independent Algerian daily newspaper established in 2007, has been the platform where Bilal Belkacemi's journalistic prowess shone. His recent accolade at the Ooredoo Media Star Awards is a testament to his commitment to unearthing intriguing narratives and delivering them to a global audience.

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In other news, the late journalist Jody Porter, an alumna of Centennial College, has been posthumously honored with a Premier's Award in the Creative Arts and Design category. Porter's reports on social justice issues impacting Indigenous communities, from First Nations enduring extensive boil water advisories to the inquest into the deaths of seven high school students from Nishnawbe Aski Nation, made her a prominent voice in journalism.

Porter succumbed to ovarian cancer on July 19, 2022, at the age of 50, but her influential journalism career continues to inspire.

The annual Midlands Media Student Awards, organized by Birmingham Press Club, saw Nicholas Gascoyne from Leicester’s De Montfort University clinch the coveted Student of the Year accolade. Gascoyne also bagged the Feature Writer of the Year award for his unique portfolio of articles on 'weird, obscure, and extraordinary real people.'

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Report for America's Initiative

Report for America, an organization dedicated to recruiting early-career journalists for local newsrooms to cover critically underserved topics or communities, has revealed the enormous coverage gaps local newsrooms are striving to fill.

The team recently finished selecting the newsrooms for the forthcoming year, totaling approximately 200. The results will be announced in December.

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