The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the 2015 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, RTDNA awarded 673 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 journalism areas.
In the small market radio category WTIP won for best News Series, “Trafficking and Lake Superior,” by Kelly Schoenfelder. WTIP competes in Region 4, which includes small stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota.
"When newsrooms do outstanding work to inform their audience and serve their community, it should be celebrated," said RTDNA Chair Amy Tardif. "Being recognized with one of journalism's most prestigious awards is one way to showcase their commitment to excellence."
WTIP Station Manager Deb Benedict said, “We are very excited and honored to receive this national recognition for the work we do here on a local level. Huge kudos to Kelly for her work and for raising the bar on the feature production that our staff, volunteers, and community journalists engage in.”
RTDNA received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season, setting an all-time record for the third year in a row.
Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards, including those for network news organizations, will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12.
Listen to archived editions of this five-part series:
LSProject: Trafficking & Lake Superior Part 1
LSProject: Trafficking & Lake Superior Part 2
LSProject: Trafficking & Lake Superior Part 3
LSProject: Trafficking & Lake Superior Part 4
LSProject: Trafficking & Lake Superior Part 5