USC Annenberg Announces Walter Cronkite Award Winners

The Best in Broadcast TV Political Journalism



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from USC Annenberg

    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Reliable
 Resources, a project of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication, today announced the USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards for
 Excellence in Broadcast TV Political Journalism at a morning news conference
 at the National Press Club.  The awards honor television networks, local
 television stations and individuals for political coverage which excelled at
 informing viewers about their electoral choices in 2000.
     "This award recognizes broadcast political journalists who exemplify the
 best in their profession," said Walter Cronkite.  "By providing the kind of
 coverage we're recognizing today, they are not only better serving their
 audiences, but also the democratic process."
     Winners were announced in the following categories:
 
     *  Local Station, Small Market: KTRV-TV, Boise, Idaho; for their creative
        "Coffee with the Candidates" series of 26 candidate debates; and WGME
        13, Portland, Maine; for their set-up, structure and execution of a
        series on six state referendums;
 
     *  Local Station, Medium Market: WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida; for effective
        use of 10 minute mini-debates, free airtime to candidates and fact
        checking segments;
 
     *  Local Station, Medium Market, Commendation: KNXV-TV, Phoenix, Arizona;
        for their commitment to carrying out candidate-centered discourse;
 
     *  Local Station, Major Market: WCVB-TV, Boston; for their candidate
        interviews, especially third-party candidates and an interview with
        Steve Forbes; and WNBC-TV, New York; for their commitment to in-depth
        issue pieces;
 
     *  Individual Achievement, Small Market: Michael Geeser, KTNV-TV,
        Las Vegas, Nevada; for "Truth Watch 2000," an examination of political
        ads, which detailed how much the candidates were spending in the market
        and how much his own station stood to take in from political campaigns;
 
     *  Individual Achievement, Medium Market: Robert Mak and Mike Cate,
        KING-TV, Seattle, WA; for a series of in-depth, well-researched ad
        watch segments;
 
     *  Station Group: Hearst-Argyle Television; for their early commitment to
        candidate-centered discourse by airing five minutes per day of coverage
        in the 30 days prior to the election; and
 
     *  Network: Meet the Press, NBC News; for Tim Russert's exemplary use of
        quotes and preparation for two hour-long interviews with the
        presidential candidates.
 
     Judges gave special consideration to efforts encouraging candidate
 discussion by airing debates, interviews and speeches, and innovative
 techniques to inform viewers about candidates and the issues.
     "The USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Broadcast TV
 Political Journalism were created to reward networks and local stations that
 place candidates and their stands on issues at the heart of their political
 coverage," said Geoffrey Cowan, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication and Cronkite juror.  "The awards this year celebrate the work of
 outstanding journalists and broadcasters who are dedicated to reporting of the
 highest quality and we hope that they will help to promote even more such
 reporting in the years ahead."
     The awards announcement is being held in conjunction with a symposium at
 the National Press Club, and a gala dinner Friday evening at the Four Seasons
 to celebrate the award recipients.  The symposium, "Examples of Excellence:
 The Best in Broadcast TV Political Coverage," will feature a panel discussion
 of television news coverage of the 2000 campaigns and offer suggestions about
 how to create more informative and engaging broadcast political coverage in
 the future.  Linda Douglass of ABC News will moderate the panel program, which
 will include award winners and members of the Cronkite jury.  Douglass will
 also serve as emcee for the dinner program.
     The dinner program will also feature Walter Cronkite; Katharine Graham,
 The Washington Post Company; television pioneer and philanthropist Norman
 Lear; and USC Annenberg School dean Geoffrey Cowan; as well as the award
 recipients. Award presenters will include Phil Jones, CBS News Correspondent;
 and Paula Madison, Vice President of Diversity, NBC, and President and General
 Manager of KNBC-TV Los Angeles.
 
     Reliable Resources (www.reliableresources.org ), a project of The Norman
 Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, aims to help return
 high-quality TV coverage of issues and candidates -- once the staple of
 American political campaigns -- to broadcast newsrooms.  With the help of
 educators, journalists, TV broadcasters and the public, Reliable Resources
 identifies, develops and distributes tools to help local stations and network
 television provide innovative and informative political coverage, and to
 recognize and reward those efforts.  Reliable Resources is funded by a grant
 from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
     Martin Kaplan, associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication and director of The Norman Lear Center, serves as Principal
 Investigator for Reliable Resources.  Cinny Kennard, a twenty-year veteran of
 television news and a former CBS News Correspondent, serves as Executive
 Project Director.  Sylvia Teague, a twenty-five year veteran of television
 news and an award-winning producer, serves as Project Director.
     The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy
 center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce
 and society.  The impact of entertainment on news and politics is a principal
 focus of the Lear Center.
     The USC Annenberg School for Communication is one of the nation's leading
 institutions devoted to the study of communication and journalism; their
 impact on politics, culture, and society; and the preparation of students for
 professional success in these fields.
 
     Photos of the events will be available to the media upon request.
     Please contact Alyson McColl at (301) 272-2443.
 
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SOURCE USC Annenberg
    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Reliable
 Resources, a project of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication, today announced the USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards for
 Excellence in Broadcast TV Political Journalism at a morning news conference
 at the National Press Club.  The awards honor television networks, local
 television stations and individuals for political coverage which excelled at
 informing viewers about their electoral choices in 2000.
     "This award recognizes broadcast political journalists who exemplify the
 best in their profession," said Walter Cronkite.  "By providing the kind of
 coverage we're recognizing today, they are not only better serving their
 audiences, but also the democratic process."
     Winners were announced in the following categories:
 
     *  Local Station, Small Market: KTRV-TV, Boise, Idaho; for their creative
        "Coffee with the Candidates" series of 26 candidate debates; and WGME
        13, Portland, Maine; for their set-up, structure and execution of a
        series on six state referendums;
 
     *  Local Station, Medium Market: WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida; for effective
        use of 10 minute mini-debates, free airtime to candidates and fact
        checking segments;
 
     *  Local Station, Medium Market, Commendation: KNXV-TV, Phoenix, Arizona;
        for their commitment to carrying out candidate-centered discourse;
 
     *  Local Station, Major Market: WCVB-TV, Boston; for their candidate
        interviews, especially third-party candidates and an interview with
        Steve Forbes; and WNBC-TV, New York; for their commitment to in-depth
        issue pieces;
 
     *  Individual Achievement, Small Market: Michael Geeser, KTNV-TV,
        Las Vegas, Nevada; for "Truth Watch 2000," an examination of political
        ads, which detailed how much the candidates were spending in the market
        and how much his own station stood to take in from political campaigns;
 
     *  Individual Achievement, Medium Market: Robert Mak and Mike Cate,
        KING-TV, Seattle, WA; for a series of in-depth, well-researched ad
        watch segments;
 
     *  Station Group: Hearst-Argyle Television; for their early commitment to
        candidate-centered discourse by airing five minutes per day of coverage
        in the 30 days prior to the election; and
 
     *  Network: Meet the Press, NBC News; for Tim Russert's exemplary use of
        quotes and preparation for two hour-long interviews with the
        presidential candidates.
 
     Judges gave special consideration to efforts encouraging candidate
 discussion by airing debates, interviews and speeches, and innovative
 techniques to inform viewers about candidates and the issues.
     "The USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Broadcast TV
 Political Journalism were created to reward networks and local stations that
 place candidates and their stands on issues at the heart of their political
 coverage," said Geoffrey Cowan, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication and Cronkite juror.  "The awards this year celebrate the work of
 outstanding journalists and broadcasters who are dedicated to reporting of the
 highest quality and we hope that they will help to promote even more such
 reporting in the years ahead."
     The awards announcement is being held in conjunction with a symposium at
 the National Press Club, and a gala dinner Friday evening at the Four Seasons
 to celebrate the award recipients.  The symposium, "Examples of Excellence:
 The Best in Broadcast TV Political Coverage," will feature a panel discussion
 of television news coverage of the 2000 campaigns and offer suggestions about
 how to create more informative and engaging broadcast political coverage in
 the future.  Linda Douglass of ABC News will moderate the panel program, which
 will include award winners and members of the Cronkite jury.  Douglass will
 also serve as emcee for the dinner program.
     The dinner program will also feature Walter Cronkite; Katharine Graham,
 The Washington Post Company; television pioneer and philanthropist Norman
 Lear; and USC Annenberg School dean Geoffrey Cowan; as well as the award
 recipients. Award presenters will include Phil Jones, CBS News Correspondent;
 and Paula Madison, Vice President of Diversity, NBC, and President and General
 Manager of KNBC-TV Los Angeles.
 
     Reliable Resources (www.reliableresources.org ), a project of The Norman
 Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, aims to help return
 high-quality TV coverage of issues and candidates -- once the staple of
 American political campaigns -- to broadcast newsrooms.  With the help of
 educators, journalists, TV broadcasters and the public, Reliable Resources
 identifies, develops and distributes tools to help local stations and network
 television provide innovative and informative political coverage, and to
 recognize and reward those efforts.  Reliable Resources is funded by a grant
 from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
     Martin Kaplan, associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for
 Communication and director of The Norman Lear Center, serves as Principal
 Investigator for Reliable Resources.  Cinny Kennard, a twenty-year veteran of
 television news and a former CBS News Correspondent, serves as Executive
 Project Director.  Sylvia Teague, a twenty-five year veteran of television
 news and an award-winning producer, serves as Project Director.
     The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy
 center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce
 and society.  The impact of entertainment on news and politics is a principal
 focus of the Lear Center.
     The USC Annenberg School for Communication is one of the nation's leading
 institutions devoted to the study of communication and journalism; their
 impact on politics, culture, and society; and the preparation of students for
 professional success in these fields.
 
     Photos of the events will be available to the media upon request.
     Please contact Alyson McColl at (301) 272-2443.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X06744505
 
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