(Harrisburg) -- For the second year in a row, the witf Multimedia News Department has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with six 2012 regional Edward R. Murrow awards in recognition of the best in broadcast and digital journalism. RTDNA groups witf in a region that includes all of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. witf competed against all radio stations in markets 51 and smaller in the three state region. The six awards were the most in the region among radio and broadcast outlets in both the large and small market categories. witf was also the only midstate broadcast organization recognized in the region.
Among the stories cited are witf's coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County 10 years after the September 11th attacks.
"2011 was a year that saw major stories like the Sandusky scandal and record flooding put Pennsylvania center stage, nationally." witf's Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert said. "We, as a department, are gratified to have our stories recognized by RTDNA as some of the best work in the country. It just highlights witf's dedication to providing the best public service possible to our audience."
witf captured regional Murrow awards in the following categories: Audio Feature, Reporting, Audio Sports Reporting, Audio Continuing Coverage, Audio News Series, Broadcast Affiliated Website and Audio Writing.
Two of witf's major initiatives were honored. StateImpact Pennsylvania, a collaboration among witf, NPR and WHYY in Philadelphia to cover energy issues, was recognized for its unique digital journalism in the Broadcast Affiliated website category. Scott Detrow was one of the honorees. Facing Cancer Together, an interactive, multimedia effort to connect the stories and lives of people touched by cancer, was cited in the Audio News Series category. The entry featured work by Craig Layne, Megan Lello and Lambert.
"Facing Cancer Together (FCT) is witf’s most ambitious community education partnership to date," according to Cara Williams Fry, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer of witf. "FCT is a partnership of WellSpan Health, Lancaster General Health, Pinnacle Health and witf--four non-profits working together to raise awareness of cancers, cures and treatments for patients and their families. The strong commitment from our news and content teams, our hospital partners and multiple other non-profit awareness organizations makes FCT a model for community engagement," Fry says.
The entire News Department was recognized for its continuing coverage of the Sandusky case. The entry included work by state Capital Bureau Chief Mary Wilson and Radio Smart Talk Host Scott LaMar. "For witf to be recognized for its work on the biggest news story to hit Pennsylvania in arguably a decade, is a testament to a tremendous team effort in a high-pressure situation, where news was breaking seemingly every 15 minutes."
Lambert was honored in three different categories. His story of walking the Flight 93 crash site with Ken Nacke, who's brother was killed when the hijacked jetliner crashed in Somerset County during the September 11th attacks, was cited in the Audio Feature and Audio writing categories. The story is a personal one for him. His family formerly owned land that was a part of the crash site in Somerset County. It's also the second time in five years, Lambert's coverage of Flight 93 has been recognized by RTDNA. In the Audio Sports Reporting category, his story was cited for its portrayal of a midstate mentoring program that reaches out to children through handball.
Audio Engineer Joe Ulrich was also honored for his contributions to the award-winning stories.
"witf is committed to quality journalism and its importance in for a civil, civic society. We are grateful for RTDNA’s continued recognition of our efforts and I am personally and professional proud of the witf multimedia news team," says Kathleen Pavelko, president and CEO of witf.
The latest regional Murrow Awards brings witf's total number it's received since 2006 to 24 and marks the third straight year it has been honored in the Feature Reporting and Series categories.
The winners will now be considered for the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow award. Those honorees will be announced in June. witf has been cited with three National awards since 2007.
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