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KBIA and Harvest Public Media win Murrow Awards

April 24, 2012

Two programs funded in part by a Mizzou Advantage are garnering national praise.

A story produced for KBIA’s Health Wealth and Society Desk was honored with a Murrow Award for in the Use of Sound category in the “Radio, Small Market” category. The award was for all entries from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. KBIA won the award for their story “Six months after the storm, runners in Joplin get back on their feet.”

The Health, Wealth and Society Desk was initially funded by a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage seed grant in 2011. It brings together important research and resources from campus experts and beyond, utilizing data analysis and computer-assisted reporting expertise, combined with the new-media know-how of partners, to provide interactive, engaging information and dialogue on air, online and in the community. Through produced series, panel discussions, public forums and community outreach on air, online and in public spaces, the reporting documents the effects of place, ethnicity and socioeconomic status on individual and family health, wealth and quality of life in mid-Missouri communities.

Another winner, “More than a little dry,” was produced by KBIA and Harvest Public Media. The story, which explored drought’s effects on Midwest farmers, won in the Hard News category for its region in the small market category. Harvest Public Media reports on food and agriculture issues and is a participating member of KBIA’s Mizzou Advantage-funded Food, Fuel & Society project.

The Murrow Awards are named for late, famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. They are awarded through the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) every year to honor excellence in electronic news.