Forty six candidates and a particularly high level. The Radio France Report Award is a valuable indicator to measure the extent to which field reporting is a fundamental value of our profession as a journalist, and how it is a strong marker of the work of our public service editorial staff.
What is more, last spring, when everything is closed, confined, information does not circulate, leaving the field to disinformation propagated by closed and opportunist minds. In a confused time, simple “fact checking” is not enough. Reports that give voice to the field bring the complexity of a situation to everyone’s attention.
The jury awarded a special mention to Cécilia Arbona for a report with the survivors of an nursing home. An accuracy of tone posed on a sensitive subject.
But the winner of the Radio France 2020 Report Prize, awarded Friday, November 20, is Solenne Le Hen, a franceinfo health journalist who spent 24 hours in the corridors of Bichat hospital. A striking report to hear again here.
“I was afraid to disturb” … How can it be otherwise? Filming a report in a hospital on the verge of saturation, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, requires a minimum of sensitivity and supposes a capacity for discretion.
To be forgotten, not to be cumbersome. And where the health journalist from the franceinfo radio editorial staff thought she was a burden with her questions, she quickly realized that said questions relieved her interlocutors of precisely this weight. Reporting is also a matter of balance. The appetite for dialogue grows in respect. Solenne Le Hen and Jeremy Tuil know it.
From one department to another, from one floor to another, from one story to another, this report navigates a fragile thread between life and death, but this fragile thread is woven from an energy never destroyed, neither by bodies too numerous for the mortuary chamber, nor by respiratory distress. And this energy triumphs over the sequences of life, the survivors, the healed, the signs of solidarity, the human chain between nursing staff who refuse to suffocate. And lurking in the shadows, the journalist who is forgotten accompanies these sensitive hours.
Difficult for Solenne Le Hen, even months after filming, to deliver a personal feeling. The stored emotions are those transmitted by caregivers, doctors, people in the wards. As if she was forbidding herself to feel in order to better transcribe what she had seen and received.
“Life and death at Bichat hospital” will represent Radio France in the competition of Francophone Public Media Journalism Award, on December 6th. It is an international jury of listeners which will designate the winner.