RTDNF names 2020 Bienstock Fellow

September 30, 2020 11:00

Victor Bonini is 27 years old and was born in São Paulo, Brazil, the largest metropolitan area in all the Americas. Growing up as a witness to the many issues caused by social inequality, he graduated as a journalist in 2014 at Casper Libero College determined to report on these issues. He became a local news reporter at Globo TV, the most watched news outlet in the country, and pursued this career for five years before applying to a Master of Arts Program at New York University focused on documentary filmmaking. With his news skills, Victor intends to tell stories that matter to the society in a longer, in-depth form.

To get to know Victor, we asked, What is your dream job in journalism? He said:
I dream about working at a newsroom or production company that allows me to direct documentaries about often overlooked social issues. Since I started reporting on social inequality—housing crisis, hunger, poverty, health care, education—I realized that to tell these complex stories I needed complex storytelling skills. From my own experience I learned that you can't explain the "hows" and "whys" of, for example, a family squatting in an abandoned building in São Paulo, Brazil, without diving deep into the lives of the people involved. In my view, we, journalists, are often used to dealing with cold facts as a guideline to pursue balance and fairness. Human decisions, however, are not a response to cold facts exclusively, but also—especially—a consequence of our emotions. Therefore, it is only logical that we tell stories that favor this human side. That is what I want to do.

About the N.S. Bienstock Fellowship
An award established in 1999 by Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper, the original owners of N.S. Bienstock. Acquired by United Talent Agency in 2014, the firm now known as Bienstock, a UTA Company has been a leading talent agency in news and reality-based programming for more than 50 years and is a long-time member of RTDNA. This award recognizes a promising minority journalist in radio or television news.

Winners of the Bienstock Fellowship receive $2,500.

About RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships
The 2020 scholarship and fellowship class is RTDNF’s 50th class of scholars and fellows. Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Recipients have gone on enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners. Make a difference for the next generation of journalists today.


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