The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the 2014 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the WFIU-WTIU News team won seven awards for its on-air and online reporting in 2013.
The seven awards represent an unprecedented total in a single year for WFIU and WTIU. They also make ours the most-recognized small-market broadcast operation this year, and, following WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, the second-most-decorated radio or TV newsroom in America.
“This unusual number of Murrow awards reflects work by more than 10 staff and student members of the newsroom,” says WFIU-WTIU General Manager Perry Metz. “Sara Wittmeyer [WFIU-WTIU News Bureau Chief] has done an outstanding job of giving people the direction and resources to report on issues important to listeners and viewers throughout Indiana.”
Murrow winners represent work of the highest quality produced by radio, television, and online news organizations around the world. RTDNA recognized WFIU and WTIU in seven of 15 possible categories, ranging from daily newscasts and online reporting to continuing coverage and documentaries. The full list of winners, including links, is at bottom.
“These stories represent some of the most difficult reporting we’ve tackled,” says Sara Wittmeyer. “They either were incredibly complicated to explain or difficult because of their sensitive nature. Our documentary entry, for example, was about sexual assault among teens. That was a hard story to tell, but one we knew we couldn’t ignore. To reap honors in such quantity for stories whose quality makes us most proud is truly overwhelming.”
RTDNA received a record number of entries during the 2014 awards season — more than 4,000 — and judges selected winners in 13 regions across the U.S. and from international entrants around the globe. WFIU-WTIU competed against newsrooms in Region 7, comprising Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
All seven of the regional winners will be entered automatically in the national Murrow competition, due to be judged in May and announced prior to the national awards ceremony on October 6.
RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable, and digital media in more than 30 countries.
The full list of 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners is at the RTDNA site, and the list of WFIU-WTIU awards for small-market radio and online reporting follows.
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