Zaina Erhaim is the 2015 Peter Mackler Award winner. Ms Erhaim is a 30-year old Syrian journalist who lives and works in Aleppo, Syria.
Over the last two years inside Syria, she has trained about 100 citizen reporters, approximately a third of them women, in print and TV journalism, and has helped establish many of the new emerging independent newspapers and magazines in the war torn country.
“Zaina Erhaim is a force multiplier of journalistic values in a country torn by violence and irrationality,” said Camille Mackler. “We salute her courage, upholding professional ethics and bringing them to the service of those left to write history.”
The Award ceremony was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC and was followed by a panel discussion on Syria, war reporting and the role of citizen journalists with McClatchy Newspapers’ Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News’ Miriam Elder, and Mashable’s Louise Roug.