Thursday, April 8, 2010

Capital Public Radio wins Murrow Award for "Homeless in Sacramento" segments

Capital Public Radio [CPR] news series of segments, "Homeless in Sacramento," won a prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow award for Audio Continuing Coverage from the Radio Television Digital News Association [RTDNA].  Winners were announced today.

The RTDNA website tells us this about the 2010 awards:

The Radio Television Digital News Association 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.
The winning news segments can be heard here, at the RTDNA website.

The series of segments total 27 1/2 minutes, comprising of reports beginning in April, 2009, relating to the end days of Tent City; the extention of Overflow, and its end; the July 1 SafeGround march; the short-lived "Tent City 2.0" (between VOA and the mission on Bannon St.);  efforts to put Tent City folks in housing; and news about the troubled beginnings of Winter Shelter 09-10.

The reports are true to life and include statements from a variety of members from the homeless community.  Capital Public Radio is greatly worthy of its award for truth-seeking and truthful reporting.

Much reporting on Tent City, and Homeless World Sacramento, generally, has been greatly in error and has used John Kraintz pretty much exclusively as the voice of the homeless.  These CPR News reports are refreshingly right on.  Nice to know that local reporting in Sacramento can be done very very well.  Extraordinarily, splendidly well.

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