Thursday, April 21, 2011
Every spring, when awards season rolls around, we get a chance to see how we stack up against other radio news operations of our size around New England.
This year, we were humbled to learn that VPR News was honored with six regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association.
The most gratifying was for “overall excellence,” a category that considers a wide variety of VPR’s best work from the course of the past year. Later this spring, all of the winning work in regional contests will compete for national recognition.
There’s no denying that it’s nice to win an award. It’s an ego boost. But we’ve found that these competitions are important for much more than the nice plaques that we get to put in a display case in the front lobby.
These awards make us better, because they’re an opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the field. We don’t set out to win an award when we write a story. But when we do win, it shows that we’re practicing good, solid journalism. And that’s the value for our listeners.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m awfully proud of the work that we produce around here, the stuff that wins awards and the day-to-day journalism that informs and entertains. If you’d like to take a look at this year’s winning work, you can visit VPR.net. (By the way, it was recognized with a Murrow award, too)