The Heising-Simons Foundation, based in Los Altos, CA, works with its numerous partners towards sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enabling groundbreaking research in science, enhancing the educations of young learners, and supporting human rights of all people.
Their American Mosaic Journalism Prize rewards and empowers two freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 each, for demonstrated excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the present American landscape.
Talking Eyes Media produced two videos about the first winners of the prize, Jaeah Lee and Valeria Fernández. To learn more about the fellowship, the fellows and their projects visit hsfoundation.org/prize.
Jaeah Lee’s recent work included a California Sunday Magazine cover story for which Ms. Lee spent 17 months with a mother who lost her son to a police shooting.
Valeria Fernandez’s recent work included a story for the Phoenix New Times in which she detailed the mental health struggles of a new immigrant in Arizona.