More great news!
We won first place for public service nationally in the 2017 SIgma Delta Chi awards in small-market television reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists, for our “Cracking the Code” health cost work with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live.
“Cracking the Code” also won three first places, for Continuing Coverage, News Series and Innovation, in the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. That means it’s automatically in the running for a national Murrow. Here’s the full list of winners, and here’s the NOLA.com story. Our WVUE partner Lee Zurik and his team also won for breaking a police scandal and for a story on non-U.S. citizens paying to jump the line for organ transplants. WVUE also won “general excellence” in the region.
We love our work, and the way our community responds to us. We don’t do this for the prizes, but we love it when we win!
Our work was also a finalist for a Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious honors in American journalism. While we were among the 60 finalists, we learned this week that we were not one of the 30 winners. But hey! We’re still happy! Here’s the Peabody announcement of the finalists. Notice that other news finalists are primarily biggies like CNN, ABC, PBS, Vice, the BBC, etc.
Stay tuned for more good news soon!