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Cecilia Vaisman Award

The Cecilia Vaisman Award honors the legacy of late Medill associate professor and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) member Cecilia Vaisman, an audio journalism leader who inspired countless students to pursue careers in video and audio journalism.

At Medill, Vaisman helped launch a bilingual reporting and storytelling course, as well as establish a Journalism Residency program in Argentina, allowing Medill students to gain hands-on experience reporting from there.

Vaisman, who died in 2015, earned two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged, among other honors. Her work was featured on WBEZ’s “This American Life,” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Latino USA,” and other media outlets.


This annual award, co-sponsored between Medill and NAHJ, recognizes Latinx and Hispanic audio and video journalists who work every day to bring to light the many issues that affect Latinx and Hispanic communities inside and outside the United States. The recipient must be an active member of NAHJ.

The winner is selected by a jury with Medill representatives, including a student, and NAHJ representatives, including a member of the Chicago NAHJ chapter. The award recipient will receive his/her award in person at Medill. Award criteria will be determined by the jury.

The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $5,000.


Nominations for the 2020 award are now closed. The deadline for next year's award will be posted later this year.