University of Arizona graduate students Murphy Woodhouse and Sam McNeill have been short-listed for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, the most prestigious journalism prize in the UK, for a story critical of U.S. immigration policies' effects on families.
The award, named for war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, is given to a journalist “whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda,” according to the Gellhorn Prize website. The winner will be announced June 19, according to John Pilger, chair of the selection committee of the Martha Gellhorn Trust in London, which administers the prize.
Woodhouse and McNeill’s article, “US Policies Separate Families, Kill the Sick and Create Havoc on the Mexican Border,” appeared in Truthout.org, a nonprofit, reader-supported website dedicated to providing independent news and commentary on a daily basis, according to its mission statement.
Woodhouse is an M.A. student in the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies. His research interests include migration, deportation, U.S. immigration enforcement and the Mexican drug war. McNeil is graduate student with a dual major in journalism and Middle Eastern and North Africa studies. Before starting graduate school, he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Palestine Monitor and The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre.