The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Susana Ferreira, who has reported for Reuters, Time, and the Guardian, among other outlets, the winner of its inaugural Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Susana Ferreira, who has reported for Reuters, Time, and the Guardian, among other outlets, the winner of its inaugural Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
The Carter Institute established the award in the fall of 2014 to commemorate the life and work of journalist Matthew Power (1974-2014). Given annually, it provides $12,500 to a young journalist researching an important story that illuminates the human condition.
“We're delighted to have discovered Susana Ferreira,” said Professor Ted Conover of the Carter Journalism Institute, a friend of Power's who coordinated the judging. “Many inspired proposals were submitted to us, but hers was particularly original and stood out as the sort of thing Matt might have done. We hope that funding this kind of work will help to keep his spirit alive.”
Ferreira is a writer and radio journalist who has reported throughout North America and Europe. For four years, she was based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she was a correspondent for Reuters and served as a freelancer for Time, CBC Radio, PRI’s “The World,” the Wall Street Journal, France 24, and the Guardian. She has also reported from Canada, France, Portugal, and Spain.
The award was created in collaboration with relatives, friends, and organizations touched by Power, who died while on assignment in Uganda in the spring of 2014. It will provide the financial support needed by early-career nonfiction writers to travel and cover a wide range of stories of the sort sought by Power.
Raised in West End Toronto, Ferreira earned her BA in English Literature, French Literature, and Hispanic Studies from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. She also has masters degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and France’s Sciences Po. Ferreira, who speaks five languages, will use money from the Power Award to research and write a long-form article about drug policy and addiction.
The Carter Journalism Institute, which hosts and administers the prize, received more than 100 applications for this year’s award. Applications for next year's competition may be submitted starting in November.
Power was an established freelance writer who contributed to such publications as GQ, Harper's magazine, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times. He also worked in broadcast journalism. Power was a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in international reporting. His work was frequently featured in annual anthologies such as Best American Travel Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing. Power died on March 10, 2014, while accompanying the explorer Levison Wood, who was trying to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile River. Wood completed the journey in August 2014.