On Mondays leading up to this year's Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala this evening, we have been highlighting some of our National Edward R. Murrow Award winners.
Organization: Denver Post
Winning Piece: Justice High Football
Category: Reporting: Sports - Large Digital News Organization
Is this your station’s first National Edward R. Murrow Award?
No, it is our seventh.
Please provide a short description of what your winning entry was about.
Justice High School is a public charter school in Lafayette, Colorado that services nearly 100 at-risk students. In 2015, their eight-man football team went winless. This season, with a core of senior leaders, the team played for the conference championship despite the odds they face on a daily basis.
What were some of the challenges you or your news team faced while reporting and producing this piece?
The story came to us at the end of the season. We had less than a week to shoot and edit the piece. The school was very welcoming, so it helped.
Did you receive a lot of audience feedback from this piece? If so, what was the general reaction?
Yes, people enjoyed it. It's an underdog story. People love those.
What does winning a national Edward R. Murrow Award mean to you and your station?
It's a big accomplishment. The post prides itself on the steps we have taken to embrace video over the course of the last decade.