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1/22/07

Reza Deghati Receives the Highest Honorary Medal in Journalism

 
Reza Deghati, the internationally renowned photographer (Time, Newsweek, National Geographic) and founder of NGO Aina received the highest award in Journalism, the “Missouri Honor Medal”, at the Missouri school of Journalism (University of Columbia) in recognition of his lifelong contributions, through brilliant photojournalism, to justice and dignity for the world's citizens.
 

courtesy of the Univerisy of Columbia, Missouri School of Journalism
 
The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism annually since 1930. Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour of CNN, Sir Winston Churchill, Carol Loomis of Fortune magazine and Gordon Parks are among the distinguished journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations who have been recipients of this influential award.
 
 

International photojournalist and activist Reza presents his
master's class, "One World, One Tribe: Documenting the
Human Family in All Conditions."
- Photo by Kyle McDaniel
 
 
His friendship with Afghan Commander Ahmed Shah Massud, who was assassinated in 2001 for his resistance against the Taliban regime, in addition to Reza's role as a consultant to the United Nations in Afghanistan and his cultural affinity to this country, led him to found AINA. Based in Kabul, Paris and Washington, AINA [ainaworld.org] is a non-governmental organization struggling for the development of independent media and cultural expression in Afghanistan and other countries where freedom of expression is still fragile.
 
Reza presented a Master Class on topics related to his area of expertise to Missouri School of Journalism students and was recognized with the medal at an awards banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

 


The 2006 Missouri Honor Medalists pose with School and campus administration. They are (front row, left to right): Karen Brown Dunlap, president of The Poynter Institute; Bill Kovach, founding director and chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Zubeida Jaffer, South African journalist and activist; and Dean Mills, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. (Back row, left to right): Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri; Clifford Christians, an award-winning scholar of media ethics and communications; John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center; Reza, international photojournalist and founder of AINA; Tom Rosenstiel, founding vice chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Chuck Curtis, chairman of Valentine Radford/Square One Advertising; and Brady Deaton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Photo by Kyle McDaniel.



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