REAL NEWS is one of the few news sources that I trust. Now they are up for an award:
We are pleased to announce The Real News is being recognized in awards ceremony for it’s coverage in Cairo, Egypt earlier this year. Roddy Hafiz, a freelance videographer with TRNN, was nominated in the news category for the internationally reputable Rory Peck Award.
To read about his nomination, click here:
To see the TRNN clip up for the award, click here:
The Rory Peck Awards is one of the only awards to highlight and honor the extraordinary talent of freelance journalists in dangerous regions and difficult conflict zones. Roddy’s footage of the street clashes between government security forces and mostly young protesters following the Port Said Massacre captured terrifying scenes of police violence. During his two days of shooting, he was injured several times and chased down by police armored vehicles.
“The judges described Roddy as a “natural raw talent.” One said: “His piece has rhythm, it has tempo, he has the patience to properly frame shots. He put himself in some situations that were fairly hairy to document but which were important to document – from all angles. It’s an extremely visual piece of story-telling. He’s barely picked up a camera before – but this isn’t just pointing and shooting. He has a real eye and a real sense of what makes good television.” – Rory Peck Trust Fund
The report nominated ‘Clashes in Cairo’ included nail-biting images of police forces shooting rubber bullets, bird-shot and tear gas canisters into fleeing crowds of protesters, the kidnapping of journalists and protesters by government security forces, and the sheer rage that kept Egyptians defying police violence.
Roddy’s Bio: Born in California to an Egyptian father and Samoan mother, Roddy spent much of his childhood in Cairo. Following the revolution Roddy put his college education on hold and gave up his job as a waiter to travel from his home in the US to Egypt. This story was his first experience behind the camera. Roddy also shot numerous stories for TRNN from Cairo, Egypt post-revolution. Roddy is the brother of TRNN correspondent Jihan Hafiz (a Rory Peck Award for Features finalist in 2011).
Background on Rory Peck: The Rory Peck Trust Fund was created in 1995 following the death of freelance journalist Rory Peck. The Trust Fund was set up by Peck’s widow, Juliet Peck and John Gunston, as a means to support struggling freelancers risking their lives to cover the news. The Trust also supports freelance journalists who have been injured on the job and support families in critical times of need.
In the clip Roddy is the videographer and Jihan, his sister, is doing the reporting.
Here’s the ten-minute clip: