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Prestigious 2022 National Murrow is awarded to Florida Public Media

2022 national murrow winner - a screenshot of the graphic from the video announcement
A team of journalists from across the State of Florida was recognized with a prestigious national Murrow award yesterday.

Class of COVID-19, a collaborative work within the Florida Public Media system,  has been recognized with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Large Market Radio - Digital.

The extensive digital build-out was led by WFSU's Patricia Moynihan and features engaging illustrations by Camila Kerwin and graphic design by Cassidy Alexander. The overall project was led by WLRN's Jessica Bakeman.

These awards recognize more than 100 outlets for outstanding work in digital, radio, and television journalism in technical and editorial categories.

This represents the first national Murrow for such a statewide collaboration in Florida.

Class of COVID-19: An Education Crisis for Florida’s Vulnerable Students was an exceptional example of the power of collaboration across public media organizations throughout Florida. Under the umbrella of Florida Public Media, and with the leadership of Jessica Bakeman (WLRN), WLRN partnered with WFSU, WUSF, WMFE, WUCF, WGCU, WJCT, WPBT/WXEL, WEDU, and WUWF to report on how the pandemic was impacting students.

“The Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in journalism,” said RTDNA President and CEO Dan Shelley. “More than 750 Regional Murrow winners advanced to the national competition, and over the past few months, an expert panel of journalists has meticulously reviewed and deliberated over every entry. That’s why I’m confident in saying today’s winners represent the absolute best of the best. So let me be the first to say congratulations to our newest National Edward R. Murrow Award winners.”

There were more than 5,200 entries this year. In May, RTDNA recognized winners of the Regional Murrow Awards, which automatically advanced to the national competition. This year’s winners covered a challenging year of events: the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol to the end of the war in Afghanistan, the continuing devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate-fueled natural disasters and so much more.

“Thank you to every journalist who played a role in the pieces that were submitted,” said RTDNA Chair Allison McGinley. “Not everyone can be a Murrow Award winner, but all of you make a difference in your communities. Thank you for the work you do.”

View the complete national winner list.

The Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise, and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award-winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with these awards since 1971.

Winners will be celebrated at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on Oct. 10 in New York City.

In addition to the national and regional Murrow awards, the project also won a Specialized Site First Place Green Eyeshade Award earlier this summer. Since 1950, the Society of Professional Journalists has hosted The Green Eyeshade awards and has recognized the very best journalism in the southeastern United States—which now includes print, television, radio, and online.

About WFSU

WFSU Public Media enriches lives and cultivates diverse perspectives by connecting our community through media content and services that inform, educate, and entertain. WFSU provides quality public broadcasting services to the north Florida and south Georgia areas. WFSU is both an NPR and PBS member station near Innovation Park in Tallahassee, Florida. In Panama City, WFSU Public Media is known as WFSG-TV and WFSW-FM.

WFSU Public Media also provides community engagement and educational services. Examples include Ready To Learn Community Collaboratives for Early Learning & Media, the American Graduate Project, and children's projects associated with PBS KIDS

WFSU Public Media enriches lives and cultivates diverse perspectives by connecting our community through media content and services that inform, educate, and entertain. WFSU provides quality public broadcasting services to the north Florida and south Georgia areas. WFSU is both an NPR and PBS member station near Innovation Park in Tallahassee, Florida. In Panama City, WFSU Public Media is known as WFSG-TV and WFSW-FM.

About RTDNA

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership, and industry innovation.

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