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“Progress Report” Takes Murrow Award

StateImpact education reporting team wins regionally, is entered nationally, for best radio documentary.

StateImpact's back-to-school special from August reaps a regional honor and is entered to win a national Murrow Award.

Our StateImpact education reporting team’s special, Progress Report: Education in Indiana, has won a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award! The hourlong special includes discussion of standardized tests, teacher evaluations, merit pay, and school choice.

“Progress Report filled a gap by adding context to the discussion of sweeping education changes in Indiana,” said News Bureau Chief Sara Wittmeyer. “It showed the impact of those changes on parents, teachers, and students.”

The winners, selected by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), represent work of the highest quality produced by radio, television, and online news organizations around the world.

RTDNA received a record number of award entries, and judges selected winners in 13 regions across the U.S. and from international entrants around the globe. Our StateImpact team, comprising reporters Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley, competed in the News Documentary category in the Small-Market Radio division of Region 7, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Progress Report, along with the other regional winners, will be entered automatically in the National Murrow competition, due to be judged this summer and announced prior to the national awards ceremony on Columbus Day.

StateImpact is a local-national collaboration among WFIU, Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, and NPR. Our reporters, stationed in the WFIU newsroom, rove the state to document how education policy made in the Statehouse affects ordinary people within and outside the classroom. Progress Report was originally broadcast to coincide with the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. You can listen to it, and view a companion reference guide, here.

“WFIU made a commitment to deepen the conversation about Indiana policies on education at all levels,” said General Manager Perry Metz. “Now we must sustain what has become a go-to resource for information throughout the state.”

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 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners is at the RTDNA site.

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