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WVTF Public Radio, RADIO IQ claim five awards in two prestigious journalism competitions

ROANOKE, Va., April 23, 2012 – The stations received a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for the documentary “Fear of Fracking.”  

Reporter Sandy Hausman traveled to southwest Virginia for a first-hand look at how the controversial gas drilling technology works.  She talked with environmentalists and industry sources to bring listeners a comprehensive and balanced perspective on a subject of growing concern in our region. 

WVTF’s entry was one of 1,700 received by the society from newspapers, radio and television stations, networks, and websites. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2011.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

WVTF and RADIO IQ also won four first place awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards program.

The winning entries and categories are

  • Audio News Documentary: “Fear of Fracking” by Sandy Hausman;
  • Audio Investigative Reporting: “Locksmith Scam” by Hausman;
  • Audio Feature Reporting: “Deathly Lyrics” by Connie Stevens; and
  • Audio Writing: “Seeing Trees” also by Hausman.

The regional awards program covers media outlets in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware. Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable, and other digital media in more than 30 countries.

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