2014 PRNDI Award Winners Outdo Fierce Competition

Jun 29, 2015

Student winners Angela Nguyen, Jeff Coltin, and Abigail Keel, who also reported on the conference, with PRNDI Press Corps Editor and KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey.

PRNDI handed out 130 awards to public radio newsrooms on June 27, at the organization's annual conference in Salt Lake City. The awards included recognition for excellent journalism produced in 2014 in new arts and sports feature categories as well as or multimedia, nationally edited, and student work. The competition was fierce this year with over 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country.

Arts Feature

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO Ethiopia Rediscovers Jazz
2nd Place
WPSU Musical at the Mishler Depicts Kids with Cancer

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Nashville Public Radio Napkin Art
2nd Place
WRNI Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Colorado Public Radio VoiceBox: How auctioneers turn selling into an art form, and a sport
2nd Place
WLRN/Miami Herald News The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour

Best Multimedia Presentation

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WFIU Lawmakers Debate Elimination Of Business Personal Property Tax

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WITF FM Grave 43: Remembering Pony
2nd Place
WVXU The empty and silent Great American Ball Park is about to come back to life.

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WNYC Radio WNYC's Clock Your Sleep Project
2nd Place
Vermont Public Radio Campaign 2014

Best Use of Sound

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WYSO Public Radio Why Did Dayton Produce So Many Inventors And Inventions? WYSO Curious Pops Open An Answer
2nd Place
WMOT-Middle Tennessee Public Radio For some, yodeling is no laughing matter

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WCAI Beet Box Revival
2nd Place
WMUK-FM Go On A Sound Walk with WMU Soundscape Ecologists

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WHYY - FM Fringe Festival Show Promising 'Most Unusual Walking Tour' Delivers
2nd Place
KQED Public Radio Getting Classical
 

Best Writing

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WFUV How Sweet It Is: Riding in the Candy Cab
2nd Place
WYSO Public Radio Why is that lake next to Route 4 in Dayton so blue? WYSO Curious takes a trip to Dayton's Florida

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KBIA - FM Heartland, Missouri
2nd Place
WJCT FM Septic Tank Phase-Out Aims To Reduce Fecal Bacteria

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBUR Brutal Gang Violence Reigns In El Salvador
2nd Place
WNYC Radio Guts! Glory! Fakery! Why Football Loves the Pre-Game Speech
 

Breaking News

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO Bridgegate
2nd Place
WBAA Purdue School Shooting

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WVXU Challenges to Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Ohio
2nd Place
WBFO Pawnshop Hostage Standoff

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WGBH Back Bay Fire
2nd Place
KUOW-FM Seattle Pacific University Responds to Campus Shooting
 

Call-in Program

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO Newark Today: August 14, 2014
2nd Place
WUOT - FM WUOT- Dialogue

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WJCT FM First Coast Connect- Michael Dunn Verdict
2nd Place
WVXU Cincinnati Edition: How the city is preparing for possible fallout from a verdict in Ferguson, Missouri

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBUR School Desegregation Four Decades Later
2nd Place
WNPR - Connecticut Public Radio Walking Into the Flames: Discussion With Connecticut Firefighters
 

Commentary

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO The Disconnect at the Newark Archdiocese
2nd Place
WFUV Craigslist Users Beware

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Wyoming Public Radio The Experience Of A Young Black Man In Wyoming
2nd Place
KMUW/Witchita State Univ. Richard Crowson: I've Just Seen A Facebook

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Michigan Radio Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies
2nd Place
Vermont Public Radio Kunin: On Silence And Suicide

Continuing Coverage

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO One Newark Plan
2nd Place
WCBU Recovery continues in Washington, Illinois after the November 17, 2013

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBFO Snowvember’: Historic November 2014 Lake Effect Snow Storm
2nd Place
WVXU Oak Glen Nature Preserve Oil Spill

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WNYC Radio The Long and Frustrating Road to Rebuilding the New York Region Following Sandy
2nd Place
WBUR 26.2: Beyond the Finish Line

Enterprise/Investigative

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO Who's Reading Your EZ Pass?
2nd Place
WPSU - FM Electric Bill Spikes – Was it Really Just that Cold?

 

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KBIA - FM Heartland, Missouri
2nd Place
North Country Public Radio NY21: a closer look at the candidates

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC Eugenics Compensation
2nd Place
ChicagoPublic Radio/WBEZ Chicago police failing to register sex offenders
 

Interview

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WCBU Outside The Horseshoe - April 22, 2014
2nd Place
WFUV Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KMUW/Witchita State Univ. Crossing the Cedar Fence
2nd Place
WUSF A Syrian Refugee on Escape, Torture

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KCFR - Colorado Public Radio Colorado physician-assisted death bill
2nd Place
North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC Whale Euthanasia
 

Long Documentary

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WKMS Living on the Line: Poverty in Western Kentucky
2nd Place
KGNU A Quiet Trailblazer

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WGLT - FM Police and Race in the Twin Cities: A WGLT News Investigative Documentary
2nd Place
WILL Unmet Needs: Living With Mental Illness In Central Illinois

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Minnesota Public Radio Betrayed by Silence: How three archbishops hid the truth
2nd Place
Capital Public Radio The View From Here: Who Cares
 

Nationally Edited

BREAKING NEWS
1st Place
WBUR Two Boston Firefighters Die In Nine-Alarm Blaze
2nd Place
Michigan Radio Lake Erie Algal bloom shuts down Toledo water

CONTINUING COVERAGE
1st Place
KCUR Hate in the Ozarks
2nd Place
KUER Same Sex Marriage Battle in Utah

NEWS FEATURE
1st Place
North Country Public Radio Drone operator made long-distance war from close to home
2nd Place
WLRN/Miami Herald News FEC Rail Cops Arrests Warrant Scrutiny

SERIES
1st Place
Capital Public Radio NPR/CapRadio 3-part Series on Family Caregivers
2nd Place
Wisconsin Public Radio Death Doesn't Bother Me, Anyway

SOFT FEATURE
1st Place
KCUR World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas City, Kansas
2nd Place
KPLU For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice
 

News Feature

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Northwest Public Radio Who's There When You Need Help? A Profile Of A 911 Operator
2nd Place
WSKG Lack Of Low Income Housing Forces Families To Double Up

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
North Country Public Radio Sixteen and homeless in the Parishville woods
2nd Place
New England Public Radio Springfield’s South End Looks Ahead As Massachusetts Votes On Casinos

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KQED Public Radio Rural Doctor Launches Start-Up to Ease Pain of Dying Patients
2nd Place
WNYC Radio A Tale of Two Heroin Arrests
 

News/Public Affairs Program

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WBGO WBGO Journal: December 5, 2014
2nd Place
WBAA Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WVXU Cincinnati Edition: How the city is preparing for possible fallout from a verdict in Ferguson, Missouri
2nd Place
WMUK-FM WestSouthwest: Women at the beginning of the computer age

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WHYY - FM WHYY's Election 2014
2nd Place
KCFR - Colorado Public Radio Colorado Matters - Wednesday, December 3, 2014
 

Newscast

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WFUV WFUV Newscast 11/19/14
2nd Place
WBGO WBGO News Update with Doug Doyle

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WVXU Newscast - August 6, 2014
2nd Place
Nashville Public Radio 8:34am, August 22, 2014

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KPLU KPLU's Morning Edition newscast, April 10, 2014
2nd Place
Michigan Radio Feb. 7, 2014 6:04a Newscast

Series

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WYSO Public Radio Rediscovered Radio
2nd Place
KAZU Water: Public or Private? Voters Decide.

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
North Country Public Radio Desiree: Sixteen and homeless
2nd Place
WMUK-FM Kalamazoo's Police Trust Gap

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
ChicagoPublic Radio/WBEZ The Dark Arts of Politics
2nd Place
KERA - 90.1 Dallas The Broken Hip
 

Short Documentary

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WKMS Living on the Line: Angie Smith
2nd Place
KGNU After the Flood

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KMUW/Witchita State Univ. The Anniversary of Dr. Tiller's Murder

 

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KCRW Nature Boy
2nd Place
WABE Stuck in the Bluff: AIDS, Heroin and One Group's Illegal Quest to Save Lives
 

Soft Feature

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KGNU The Tank
2nd Place
WSKG Binghamton D-Day Veteran Remembers His WWII Journey

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Nashville Public Radio Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Is The Civil War Officer We Still Fight About
2nd Place
WVXU Hidden Water Works

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KUOW-FM Water Is the Sound Of Freedom For My ‘Ba’
2nd Place
StateImpact Pennsylvania Chevron Pizza Controversy
 

Sports Feature

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WFIU Incoming Train Threatens Columbus Marathon Runners
2nd Place
WBGO Bad News for the Bears

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WIUM/WIUW - FM Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand
2nd Place
North Country Public Radio Atlatl! Students face off in ancient competition

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KQED Public Radio California Chrome
2nd Place
WHYY - FM At Devon, Calvin is a Jumper and a Survivor
 

Spot News

SMALL NEWSROOMS
1st Place
WFDD Downtown School Adjusts To The Loss Of Library Access During Renovations
2nd Place
WRKF Tax Amnesty Grab: Unicorns and Fairy Dust

MEDIUM NEWSROOMS
1st Place
Nashville Public Radio Explained: How The Internet Travels Around Nashville
2nd Place
Nashville Public Radio Nashville School Takeover Meetings Turn Combative

LARGE NEWSROOMS
1st Place
KPLU At Makeshift Memorial, School Shooter Remembered Alongside Victims
2nd Place
KPLU Slide Survivor Haunted By Memories Of 'Horrible, Rumbling, Wet' Sound, Guilt
 

Student

HARD FEATURE
1st Place
KBIA - FM Heartland, Missouri
2nd Place
WLRN/Miami Herald News Saira's Story

NEWSCAST
1st Place
WFUV Jeff Coltin Newscast 11/21/14
2nd Place
WFUV Kris Venezia 10/16/14

SOFT FEATURE
1st Place
WCAI Archaeologists Searching for Wall the Pilgrim's Built
2nd Place
KUOW-FM Water Is the Sound Of Freedom For My ‘Ba’

SPOT NEWS
1st Place
WFIU Two Confirmed Dead In Monroe County Plane Crash
2nd Place
WFUV Cool Cats: NYC Gets First 'Cat Cafe'
 

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