The founder of the Media Arts program at Palo Alto High School, Esther Wojcicki, was the winner of the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori award, bestowed on her during the 10th edition of the “Growing Between the Lines” convention that took place at Borgo La Bagnaia.
The personality of this American journalism teacher embodies the essence of this award, namely that of “Young People & Education”, which endures as the most powerful pairing for those who wish to change the world.
In fact, Esther Wojcicki fully embodies the values that the Osservatorio has always championed in their quest to support young people, and indeed she received the award “for having helped develop a profound critical engagement with the media on the part of students as well as having greatly changed the role of a teacher, from merely a trainer of students to an educator of citizens.”
Esther Wojcicki is a journalism teacher of international renown , having founded the Media Arts program at Palo Alto High School in 1984, with the objective of improving students’ use of all types of media, be they daily newspapers, websites, photographs, video or radio/tv broadcasts. Launched with just 19 students, the Media Arts Program, thanks to the additional help of 6 other journalism teachers, now constitutes over 600 students and 10 separate publications. In the last 25 years, students from the program have received awards at a national level, such as the ‘PaceMaker Award’ from the National Scholastic Press.
Esther Wojcicki follows John Elkann, who received the award at the 9th edition of the convention held in 2015. Prior to that, the award had been given to Maestro Andrea Bocelli in 2011, and to the Honorary President of the RCS MediaGroup, Cesare Romiti.