RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2016 Student Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards, presented in three categories, recognize outstanding work by student journalists.
The winners are:
Overall Excellence - Audio: Ivy
Noel Gasca, KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media
As a child, Ivy Jacobsen spent a lot of time with her father. He taught her how to cook, clean, ski and play her favorite sport, basketball-- all of the things any loving parent would teach their child to do. However, all of this togetherness masked a secret that haunted Ivy for years: her father was sexually abusing her, from the time she was in the sixth grade. Now, she's not keeping her abuse a secret anymore.
The judges said Ivy was very powerful reporting conducted in an ultimately professional standard far beyond the student's years, that unfolded in a revealing and powerful way. Gasca is a freshman at Emerson College in Boston who has produced work for KUOW in Seattle and the Asian American Journalists Association's JCamp program. She also was a 2016 Gracie Grand Award winner for this story.
Overall Excellence - Video: Making A Difference
Vivian Feke, Kent State University @VivianFeke
A woman in Cleveland, Ohio, is making a difference in an unexpected neighborhood.
The judges said Making a Difference touches viewers emotionally, with an uplifting story that showcases the subject's efforts without wallowing in the despair of her surroundings. Feke graduated from Kent State in May with a dual degree in broadcast journalism and criminal justice, serving nearly two years as general manager of her school's television station, which was awarded College Station of the Year honors by the College Media Association.
Overall Excellence - Digital: Wiped, Flashed, and Rekitted: The International Black Market of Stolen Cell Phones
Alexandra Garretón @GarretonA
Jake Nicol @jakernicol
Chris Schodt @ChrisSchodt
University of California - Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Your phone, refurbished and repackaged, could wind up in the pocket of a teenager in Hong Kong or a tourist in Rio De Janeiro. From a street thief to a trafficker to the overseas businesses that peddle smuggled phones to unsuspecting customers, our project follows the trail of a stolen cell phone from the United States to Brazil.
The judges said Wiped, Flashed, and Rekitted was innovative in approach, topic and in the use of digital tools for storytelling. Garretón is a freelance multimedia journalist in Los Angeles. Nicol is a staff videojournalist with The Wall Street Journal. Schodt is a freelance multimedia journalist in Berkeley, CA. All are recent graduates of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The entry was submitted while they were still in school.
"This year's winners demonstrate a level of excellence we want to encourage in journalism programs across the country," said RTDNA Chair Kathy Walker. "We're excited to honor their work and encourage them as they bring their skills and enthusiasm to our profession."
The winners will be recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 10. 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.