Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Dafna Tal wins the Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for her project Bridging the Divide. Dafna is an incredibly passionate woman who has undertaken the task of changing how interactions between Palestinians and Israelis are covered by the news media. Rather than focus on violence like the mainstream media, she decided to tell the stories of Israelis and Palestinians who live and work together in peace. Through her work as a peace activist and multimedia storytelling, she has also been able to forge positive relationships between Palestinians and Israelis. Her work is important because it has created a new perspective on life in the Middle East. I feel this is a significant development in media because there is an over emphasis on coverage of death and destruction and doom and gloom. I am happy one young journalist is willing to try to create a more balanced view of the situation.