RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2015 Student Edward R. Murrow Awards. This is the first time the Association has created three categories specifically for students. The winners are:
 
Overall Excellence - Audio: Lime Shortage "Squeeze"

Helena Battipaglia, Syracuse University  @HC_Batt
The judges said the natural sound took listeners into the grocery store and restaurant she visited to localize a problem that was national in scale, and said the short tracks helped glue the piece together in an informative, yet compelling way. Battipaglia works as a reporter and producer for NPR affiliate WAER-FM and has interned at News 12 Long Island, CBS News in New York and CNN in Hong Kong.

I am currently a rising senior at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. I am pursuing a major in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a minor in Political Science. My other interests include physical fitness, reading, soccer and traveling.

Overall Excellence - Video: Gun Wars

Erin Patrick O'Connor, Arizona State University @MrErinO
Camden, New Jersey's homicide rate was 17 times higher than the national average in 2012. The winning story explores the city and talks to people who have organized to curb the impact of gun violence. O'Connor produced and directed a documentary shown on every television news station in the state of Arizona, and was a 2014 fellow in the university's Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting ititiative.

Roaming North America and Mexico with a camera filing stories about everything from corrupt housing projects in Mexico and inner-city violence, to America’s love affair with guns and drugs. This past  fall, I produced and directed the Cronkite News documentary, “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s  Hold  on Arizona,” which was simultaneously broadcast on every television news station throughout Arizona  in 2015. The documentary spotlighted the resurgence of heroin use amongst Arizona’s youth and the issues faced by law enforcement. Over the summer of 2014, I was a fellow for the  Carnegie‐Knight News21 investigative reporting initiative. I reported on community organizers in Camden, New Jersey who were trying to rebuild their city after years of blight and decay. I also traveled up the backbone of the Rockies along the I-25 corridor in Colorado, documenting the state’s political division over gun rights. I love cameras trees and Bruce Springsteen music. I want to work for a news agency that values visual storytelling and content.


Overall Excellence - Digital: Tired of Being Bumped, Caltrain Bike Commuters Push for More Space

Carolina Wilson, Stanford University  @carowilson1228
With bike commuter traffic growing in the Bay Area, bicyclists are being bumped off trains due to a lack of bike capacity, creating a growing issue. Wilson graduated this month from Stanford's graduate program in journalism, and has interned for Bloomberg's Latin American Emerging Markets team.

Carolina, a Miami, FL native, completed her undergraduate career at the University of Notre Dame, where she studied honors English and pre-health studies and served as the senior class president. Carolina graduated this June from Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism where she completed a thesis about farmworking communities battling the drought in California's Central Valley. This summer in NYC Carolina works as an intern for Bloomberg's Latin American Emerging Markets team. She would like to thank her family and Ignacio for their unwavering support.
 

"We're delighted to recognize great journalism being done by students across the country with the Student Edward R. Murrow Awards," said RTDNA Chair Amy Tardif. "This is the first time we have offered award categories specifically designed for students to present their best work, and the entries were outstanding."

The winners will be recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12. The winners of this year's national Edward R. Murrow Awards for professionals will be announced later this month. Click here to purchase tickets to this signature event.