Award recipient aims to show 'human side' of Syria war

Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim takes part in a panel discussion after receiving the 2015 Peter Mackler award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 22, 2015Zaina Erhaim, the Syrian recipient of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, said Thursday she hopes her work can convey “the human side” of the horrific conflict. Erhaim, who lives and works in Aleppo, Syria, has trained about 100 citizen reporters from inside Syria, approximately a third of them women, in print and TV journalism, and helped establish new, independent newspapers and magazines in the country. The 30-year-old Erhaim is also the Syria project coordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international organization that supports journalists in countries undergoing conflict, crisis or transition.

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