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WFIU-WTIU News Team Wins 25 SPJ Awards

Reporters of the WFIU-WTIU news bureau were recognized with prestigious awards for their on-air and online work by fellow professionals in their field.

Topics as far-ranging as a calamitous tornado and the locally-produced John Mellencamp musical were the subjects of WFIU-WTIU news reports that won awards in the 2013 Best in Indiana Journalism competition, sponsored by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards were presented at the 35th Annual Best of Indiana Journalism Awards Banquet on May 2. In all, the WFIU-WTIU news team took home 25 awards.

Reporter Kyle Stokes’ report on the devastation brought on by the Washington, Indiana tornado was awarded first place in the Radio Breaking News Coverage category.

One of the competition’s judges praised the report for being “beautifully written with lots of vivid verbs and description. [It had] very effective use of a standup and Q&A with the man whose house had been destroyed. I really felt like I could picture the devastation.”

In the Best Online Multimedia category, StateImpact reporters Elle Moxley and Kyle Stokes were awarded first place for their piece “Progress Report: Common Core in Indiana.”

The judges commented that “bringing all the elements together in one page to give the project a feeling of its own site is brilliant with so many components.”

Sehvilla Mann’s report “Toxic PCBs Still Trouble Bloomington” was awarded first place in the Features Reporting category. Judges praised the piece for its depth of research, wide range of sources, and successful use of images to convey meaning.

Other prize-winning reports included coverage of the possible link between PCB exposure and cancer, the historical roots of the John Mellencamp musical, sexual assault among Indiana’s youth, an obituary of cellist Janos Starker, and a controversy about intelligent design at Ball State.

A list of the WFIU/WTIU award winners follows:

Category: Radio Breaking News Coverage

1st Place: Kyle Stokes
“Washington, Indiana Tornado”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Radio In-Depth Reporting

3rd Place: WFIU/WTIU News
“PCBs Lasting Impact”
WFIU/WTIU News

Honorable Mention:
Kyle Stokes
“ISTEP Technology Glitches Explained”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Radio Feature Story

3rd Place:
Sara Wittmeyer
“Mellencamp Musical: Fact or Fiction?”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Documentary or Special

3rd Place:
Sara Wittmeyer
“Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault among Indiana’s Youth”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Radio Continuing Coverage

1st Place: WFIU/WTIU News
“ISTEP Glitches”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Radio Public Affairs

1st Place: WFIU/WTIU News
“Noon Edition: November Tornadoes”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Best Online Multimedia

1st Place:
Elle Moxley, Kyle Stokes
“Progress Report: Common Core in Indiana”
WFIU/WTIU News

3rd Place:
Kyle Stokes
“How Students Would Redesign the A–F System”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Feature Story (Outside Indianapolis Market)

1st Place: Sara Wittmeyer and WTIU News Team
“World-Renowned Cellist Janos Starker Dies at Age 88”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Education Coverage (Any Indiana Station)

2nd Place: Kyle Stokes
“AP Tests Experience ‘Growing Pains’”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Medical or Science Reporting (Any Indiana Station)

3rd Place:

Sara Wittmeyer
“400,000 Hoosiers Fall into Medicaid Coverage Gap”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Environmental Reporting (Any Indiana Station)

2nd Place: Sehvilla Mann
“PCB Exposure Linked To Higher Risks of Cancer”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Features Videography (Outside Indianapolis Market)

1st Place: Justin Crossley, Aut Phanthavong
“The Weekly Special: Expressions: Jack Brubaker”
WTIU

2nd Place: Sarah Curtiss, Aut Phanthavong
“The Weekly Special: Hubbard Guitars”
WTIU

Category: News Reporting

1st Place: Rachel Morello
“8,000 Participate In Muscatatuck Homeland Security Training”
WFIU/WTIU News

3rd Place: London Swan
“Revitalizing Martinsville”
WTIU

Category: Features Reporting

1st Place: Sehvilla Mann
“Toxic PCBs Still Trouble Bloomington”
WFIU/WTIU News

2nd Place: Alex Dierckman
“Airport Solar Farm Halfway Complete”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: News Reporting

1st Place: Amanda Solliday
“Prison Horse Farm Mutually Beneficial”
WFIU/WTIU News

2nd Place: Sehvilla Mann
“Algae Levels At Lake Monroe”
WFIU/WTIU News

3rd Place: Amanda Solliday
“Ball State President Says Intelligent Design Doesn’t Belong in Class”
WFIU/WTIU News

Category: Features Reporting

2nd Place: Rachel Morello
“How is Government Involved in Setting Curriculum?”
WFIU/WTIU News

3rd Place: Sehvilla Mann
“Underground Storage Tanks Leaking in Indiana”
WFIU/WTIU News

Listen to and watch news reports on our website, wfiunews.org.

Previous year’s’ winners: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
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