CBS’ 60 Minutes and Evening News, PBS’ Frontline and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel are among the winners of the 2018 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast and digital journalism, the Columbia Journalism School announced today.
Sixteen winners were named, with CBS News and PBS each taking two awards. The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony at Columbia University on January 16, hosted by PBS’ Gayle King and CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The winners, said the duPont-Columbia organization, reflect a mix of both legacy journalism and emerging platforms, including several combinations of both. Ten video awards will go to traditional outlets — three broadcast networks and five local stations — while Netflix and filmmaker Ava DuVernay won for the feature-length documentary 13th.
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One network winner, ABC News, partnered with director John Ridley, to produce documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992. Two audio winners, This American Life and Reveal, offered programming as both broadcast and podcasts. This American Life won for its coverage of the split within the Republican Party, and Reveal for human rights reporting in Russia. The New York Times‘ podcast “The Daily” also will be honored.
“At a challenging time for the news media,” said Jury Chair Cheryl Gould, “we were gratified to see both new platforms strengthen their journalism muscles, and traditional outlets maintain their vigorous reporting standards.”
The five local television stations receiving silver batons for investigative reporting are ABC15 Arizona for exposing abuse of the Americans with Disabilities Act; KARE 11 for three investigative stories; KHOU-TV for revealing Houston’s wasteful police body camera program; KNTV for an investigative series that chronicled the misuse of school police officers to discipline students; and WITI-TV for challenging public opinion about laws intended to safeguard children that paradoxically may put them at greater risk.
The 2018 duPont winners, with descriptions, are:
Cash for Compliance
A relentless investigative series exposed an audacious group of litigators who exploited the Americans with Disabilities Act for profit.
ABC News and Lincoln Square Productions
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
Artfully told and deeply reported, this documentary reconstructed the decade-long series of events leading up to the 1992 racially charged Los Angeles riots.
American Documentary and WORLD Channel – WGBH | PBS
America Reframed: Class of ‘27
Three distinctive yet complementary short films spotlighted the profound benefits of early education in impoverished and often ignored parts of America.
60 Minutes: The New Cold War
In this sobering two-part series, producers gained rare access to America’s nuclear arsenal and introduced viewers to the frontline men and women who would have to carry out a nuclear attack.
CBS Evening News
The Road to Aleppo
A series of courageous daily news reports by veteran conflict reporter Elizabeth Palmer and her crew on the ground in Syria.
In this epic feature-length documentary, refugees fleeing war-torn homelands and desperate poverty worked with filmmakers to tell their own stories.
HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
The Lords of the Rings
This ambitious investigative report—filmed in nine countries—exposed graft and corruption in the IOC and detailed how its members pursue wealth, privilege and self-glory at the expense of the Games.
This joint award for three separate reports honors KARE 11’s commitment to investigative reporting, whether it be stories of bilking taxpayers, concealing child molesters or misdiagnosing veterans.
This innovative long-form report, based on a four month-investigation of the Houston PD’s $8 million body camera program, revealed its many weaknesses, including hundreds of cases with missing footage, major delays in releasing videos, and a general lack of accountability.
National Geographic Networks and Junger Quested Films
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
Pulled from nearly 1,000 hours of gripping footage, this important documentary explored the root causes and repercussions of the war in Syria, detailing the West’s role in the creation of ISIS.
NBC Bay Area (KNTV)
Arrested at School
An impactful two year-long investigative series chronicled the misuse of school police officers to discipline students, which can leave children with criminal records for what is arguably ‘childish misbehavior.’
Netflix | Forward Movement | Kandoo Films
This powerful documentary from director Ava DuVernay examined how for over 150 years, the American political and legal system has targeted and labeled African-Americans as criminals.
The New York Times
One of the signature achievements in podcasting this year, “The Daily” gives listeners a seat at the table with Times reporters, raising the journalistic bar and inspiring a wave of imitators.
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Coda Story
Russia’s New Scapegoats
In this courageous radio documentary, Reveal and Coda Story teamed up to shed new light on the dangers of Russia’s anti-gay movement, and exposed its cynical motives.
This American Life
Episode 600: Will I Know Anyone At This Party? Act One: Party in the USA
In a tumultuous election year, producer Zoe Chace traveled to Minnesota to report on immigration push back, in this firsthand account of the changes taking place in America today.
Men on the Margin
WITI bravely challenged public opinion about some of the most reviled people in American society: convicted child sex offenders, who are paradoxically more prone to re-offend as a result of the laws intended to safeguard children.
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