Tuesday, July 3, 2012

VPR Wins A UNITY Award For 2011 To Kill A Mockingbird Series

We learned last week that Vermont Public Radio has won a 2012 national UNITY Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), for our Vermont Reads series last year on To Kill A Mockingbird and race in Vermont. We are one of six organizations – three radio, three television – to receive the award this year, given for ongoing commitment to covering the cultural diversity of the community we serve.

We explored the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee last spring in a week-long series that included a special live broadcast of Vermont Edition at Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. The series was a collaboration with the Vermont Humanities Council’s annual statewide reading initiative, Vermont Reads.

The series also featured interviews, commentaries, and stories throughout the week during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, taking a contemporary look at race relations in Vermont. The full series is available online here.

RTDNA developed the award with UNITY: Journalists of Color as part of a shared commitment to achieving diversity in the newsroom through developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of America.

Congratulations to Melody Bodette, Mitch Wertlieb, and Betty Smith, who produced the series!

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