UniRitter Students Win Top Awards in National Journalism Competition
The top three awards in the student category of the 14th Massey Ferguson Journalism Award were won by students from UniRitter. The competition focuses on highlighting the best works of journalism by Brazilian journalists. The student category included students from institutions located throughout Brazil and Latin America.
Thuane Liesenfeld won first prize with her report titled “A Vila Nova dos Pêssegos” (“The New Town of Peaches”). The report focused on the history of Italian immigrants and their work to create a fruit industry in Porto Alegre, which is being taken over by real estate investors. Second prize went to Maureci Júnior for his report “Rio Grande do Sul morde a isca do peixe importado” (“Rio Grande do Sul Takes the Bait for Imported Fish”). Luiz Henrique Soares won third prize.
UniRitter journalism professor Roberto Belmonte stated that the awards were the result of the institution’s work to help develop journalists with the intuition to look for problems facing society and the ability to bring attention to those issues. “Environmental issues are growing and as a result, the ability to effectively communicate about these issues is becoming more and more important,” he said.