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Two UNC Students Vie for YouTube Pulitzer: Vote Now

A partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube’s Project: Report is a journalism contest intended for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told. We’re proud to report that two of the five finalists are UNC grad students: Eileen Mignoni and Sara Peach. For the third and final round finalists were asked to create a piece on an disenfranchised population that allows them to tell their own story. Video was collected from both the journalist and from the subject, making this a truly collaborative piece.

Eileen’s piece, posted below, is entitled “From Burma’s Mountains to Carolina’s Piedmont.” It’s the story of Karen refugees who have fled persecution in their homeland for a new life in the United States.  As Eileen reports, in 2007, 118 refugees were resettled last year in North Carolina’s Orange County by Lutheran Family Services. Sadly, as these families are able to have a new start, the numbers in the camps remain stable, due to restrictions on the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. The flow from Myanmar is constant. View High Quality video.

Sara’s story is entitled “Land of Our Own.” As she reports, “the Hmong people of Southeast Asia faced persecution after they aided U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. Thousands of Hmong refugees eventually resettled in the United States. Today, they and their children carry on traditions – such as this New Year celebration in Newton, N.C. – while adapting to American culture.” View in HD.

Voting is open until January 9th; viewers are allowed to vote once a day.  Visit the Project Report Web site to vote. The winner will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center. Congratulations and best of luck to both Sara and Eileen.