A haunting multimedia report about India’s lethal social customs that devalue the lives of women and girls

This interactive story detailed the underreported cultural pressure on Indian women to bear sons and the decimation of the female population. The story is skillfully told with photographs and interviews. In a first person narrative, photographer Walter Astrada described India’s expensive dowry system and the lethal impact it has had on the country’s view of girls and women. At a hospital, Astrada photographed a family’s distraught reaction when a female baby is born, and later a warehouse for widows with nowhere to turn. One woman described her fight to save her female baby despite pressure for a selective abortion. Without sensationalism, the producers portrayed cultural prejudice, its terrible effect on the Indian population and possible reforms.


Walter Astrada, photographer; Eric Maierson, producer; Shreeya Sinha, associate producer; Walter Astrada, Shreeya Sinha, videographers; Andrew Maclean, assistant producer; Tim Klimowicz, graphics; Brian Storm, executive producer

Original Story: "Undesired" mediastorm.com/publication/undesired

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored:…


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The 2012 duPont-Columbia award winners

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored: Detroit Public TV, WFAA-Dallas, WSB-Atlanta, WTVF-Nashville and WNYC. HBO will be honored with two awards.

For the first time, two awards were given for digital reporting: one to The New York Times and one to MediaStorm. In another first, a theatrically released documentary that was not broadcast was selected for a duPont Award, “Hell and Back Again.” A finalist award was given to WNYC’s Radio Rookies.

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