An award established in 1999 by N.S. Bienstock, Inc. owners, Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper. N.S. Bienstock has been a leading talent agency in news and reality-based programming for more than 35 years and is a long-time member of RTDNA. This award recognizes a promising minority journalist in radio or television news. In addition to the $2,500 award, winners of the N.S. Bienstock Fellowship receive an expenses paid trip to the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
2015 N.S. Bienstock Fellowship Winner- Niha Masih, Columbia University
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Niha Masih is a television journalist and documentary photographer from India, specializing in reportage on human rights, conflict zones and investigations. She worked with India’s top English new broadcaster, New Delhi Television (NDTV), for four years. She spent three years reporting and producing the channel’s award winning ground reportage show, Truth vs. Hype and another year helming NDTV’s bureau in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh. With Truth vs Hype, she travelled extensively across the country, covering a range of ground breaking stories – from ethnic riots to extrajudicial killings, from financial scams to farmer suicides. She had the chance to cover major international stories like the earthquake in Nepal, 2014 Gaza war, the struggle for democracy in Myanmar and Egypt and post-war propaganda in Sri Lanka. She is also an award winning documentary photographer, specializing in long form projects. Niha is an English Literature graduate from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University and has a Journalism degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is currently studying Politics and Global Affairs at the Columbia Journalism School, New York.
“I’m deeply humbled to receive the N.S. Bienstock Fellowship from RTDNF, which has been known to encourage work of journalists, from across the world, reporting on socially relevant issues often ignored by mainstream media. While being a part of the ‘developed’ India we know of, I am acutely aware of the gross disparities that exist in the country. This ultimately strengthens my resolve that I can try and make a difference through my work as a journalist.”
Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor of NDTV said, “Niha has evolved as a fine journalist, able to report on complex stories, with great rigour often from difficult terrain. With her multiple interests, she is able to cover a wide range of issue - features or hard news, investigations, conflict and politics.”