RTDNA announces 2018 Kaleidoscope Award winners

June 26, 2018 11:00

RTDNA is committed to increasing diversity in newsrooms, encouraging coverage of diverse communities and demonstrating the value of bringing diverse voices to the table by recognizing stations who are doing so.
 
RTDNA is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Kaleidoscope Awards.

The Kaleidoscope Awards honor news organizations demonstrating a commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
These award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference, Sept. 27-29, 2018, in Baltimore. 
 
Large/Small Market Radio       
Michigan Radio's Detroit Coverage       
Michigan Radio
 
Since Detroit has started to come back from its bankruptcy, much has been made of the progress in the city’s downtown and midtown. But many residents complain that those areas are getting all the investment and help from city hall, while the neighborhoods remain essentially ignored, and no better off than during the worst days of the city’s financial crisis. Some say there are “two Detroits” – one rich and thriving, one still poor and struggling. The 50th anniversary of the uprising in Detroit was a good time to consider what has changed and what has not for the residents of the Motor City.
 
Network Radio 
30 for 30 Podcasts: Hoodies Up
ESPN Films
 
On the night of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Five weeks later, his hometown team the Miami Heat took a photo wearing hoodies to protest his killing. Hoodies Up tracks how the photo came together, and its impact on our current era of athlete activism.
 
Large/Small Market TV
The Laramie Project
Global Calgary
 
Small town rural Alberta tackling a kind of controversial topic historically ignored. Another layer to this storyline – the community of Rosebud, is predominantly Christian. A performance centred on the LGBTQ community and gay rights was - by design - a risk for this theatre group.

It was a remarkably fortunate opportunity to get a real life perspective. The parallel between [one of the cast member’s] own journey and that of the main character portrayed in this play was hard to ignore.

It was the perfect example of life imitating art. It was a chance for the viewers to find something relatable. A chance to perhaps consider their own personal experiences with LGBTQ issues and see themselves reflected in our coverage.
 
Network Television      
Closer Than They Appear Episode 4: Why Me?
Jetty
 
"Closer Than They Appear" is a seven-part podcast series from Jetty, an audio-focused media brand from Al Jazeera. Host Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family's fractured history. If America is an estranged family, this show is our awkward holiday dinner. “Why Me?” has Carvell traveling to his hometown of McKeesport, PA and talking to his childhood friend, Shamrace Mims. Decades ago, they rode bikes and played Atari. But in the late eighties, their paths diverged.
 
Digital News Organization       
What Will Happen to Undocumented Doctors?
The Atlantic
 
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an Obama-era policy that granted a work permit and temporary protection from deportation to children that came to the U.S. with unregistered parents. Now, the fate of more than 750,000 people is unclear.