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Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa Win 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize

The Heising-Simons Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize. The recipients, Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa, have been awarded for their work impacting underrepresented communities, with each receiving $100,000.

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Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa Win 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize

Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa Win 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize

The Heising-Simons Foundation has unveiled the winners for the 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize. This annual award, renowned for its sizable $100,000 prize and its emphasis on journalism that impacts underrepresented communities, has been awarded to two accomplished freelance journalists: Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa.

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Unraveling the Threads of Radical Black Communes

Dara T. Mathis, a nonfiction writer and journalist hailing from Maryland, was recognized for her compelling article published in The Atlantic. Her piece centered on radical Black communes, a subject close to her heart having grown up in such a community. Mathis's work, 'A Blueprint for Black Liberation,' serves as a potent exploration of Black freedom, liberation movements, identity, and parenthood. She has expressed her intent to evolve this article into a full memoir, a testament to her commitment to voicing her beliefs and illuminating the world's truths.

Documenting the Aftermath of a School Shooting

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Tamir Kalifa, a Texas-based photojournalist, was awarded for his heartrending coverage of the aftermath of the 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. His work at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in capturing the long shadows cast by this tragic event, provided a stark reminder of the societal interplay and triggers that underpin such incidents. Currently, Kalifa is in Israel, tasked with documenting the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

A Prize for Impactful Journalism

The American Mosaic Journalism Prize, established by the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2018, has become the largest prize in dollar value given to journalists in the United States. It is designed to honor excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. This year's recipients, Mathis and Kalifa, have demonstrated this impactful work, reflecting the prize's mission and standing testament to the power of journalism that goes beyond surface reporting to unveil deeper stories.

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