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WFDD honored for 'Overall Excellence' third consecutive year

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88.5 WFDD has been honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the “Overall Excellence” and “Documentary” categories.

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This is the third consecutive year WFDD has been recognized for the Overall Excellence category, which represents a body of work from the news team including an in-depth look on housing in the Triad, environmental reporting on toxins in area drinking water, continuing coverage of the heated tensions as a Confederate statue came down in Winston-Salem and uplifting community stories from across our region.

WFDD’s investigative hour-long program On The Margins also won an award in the News Documentary category. The program was a result of a unique collaboration of print and radio journalists, university researchers, and students to add data, depth and investigative muscle to this project. It explores the lasting legacy of discriminatory lending called redlining, the high number of evictions in our region and the toll on those facing it, and how the safety net that is supposed to protect our most vulnerable citizens played a major role in the problem. We also answered listeners’ housing questions along the way, bringing the public into the editorial process.

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Radio station WFDD receives Murrow Awards

This is a guest post from radio station 88.5 WFDD:

Radio station 88.5 WFDD has been honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including “Overall Excellence” and “Newscast” categories.

The Radio Television Digital News Association awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles, and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

This is the second consecutive year that WFDD has been recognized in the “Overall Excellence” category. WFDD News Director Emily McCord says the body of work included coverage of several breaking weather events, civic literacy programming in the run-up to the election, the listener-driven series Carolina Curious, and “Unsafe Haven” – a documentary that explores the housing issues the city of Greensboro faces after five refugee children were killed in an apartment fire.

“We know how important local journalism is to the overall health of a community. WFDD continues its commitment to bringing the news that we need and deserve here,” says McCord. “We are grateful for the honor and for the listeners without whom none of this would be possible.”

WFDD competes in a region that includes large market radio stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, with winners being announced in June.

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WFDD selected as Greater Public's Benchmarks Station of Year

This is a guest post from radio station 88.5 WFDD:

On July 12 at the national Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC), 88.5 WFDD was awarded the Benchmarks Station of the Year Award from Greater Public, the development and marketing organization for public media.

Greater Public’s Benchmarks for Public Radio Fundraising tracks fundraising performance across the public radio system. The metrics are designed to allow Greater Public, and stations, to make apples-to-apples comparisons of public radio stations’ fundraising effectiveness.

Fundraising metrics considered by Greater Public included net membership revenue, which increased by 81 percent; major giving growth of 167 percent; underwriting revenue growth of 36 percent; increase of underwriting sponsors of 52 percent. Only two other top-50 market public radio stations have converted more listening to revenue than 88.5 WFDD.

Judges for this distinguished award were impressed not just with 88.5 WFDD’s significant fundraising growth over the past five years, but also with the station’s “consistent commitment to better serve its audience and community,” Greater Public said.

Molly Davis, 88.5 WFDD Assistant General Manager, was at the PMDMC in Chicago to accept the award on behalf of the station.

“This award reflects several years of hard work by the many talented individuals who make up the 88.5 WFDD team,” Davis said. “Five years ago, we devoted ourselves not only to serving our listeners better, but to fundraising more effectively and efficiently, to support that increased and more robust service. We’re deeply honored to be recognized by our colleagues at Greater Public, an industry organization that understands the challenges facing the entire public media system today.”

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WFDD receives national awards from public radio organization

Mankaprr Conteh (left), former WFDD intern, and WFDD reporter Keri Brown accepted five awards at the PRNDI Awards Banquet June 23.

88.5 WFDD was honored recently with 5 national awards by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

WFDD won a first place award in the News Feature category for David Ford’s story “Business 40 Changing Lanes: A Painful Legacy.” The station also received second place honors in the Enterprise/Investigative, Arts, and Series categories. Additionally, the work of former WFDD intern and Wake Forest student Mankaprr Conteh was recognized for her story “Carolina Curious: How Field Trips Level The Playing Field.”

“There has been a lot of growth in WFDD’s news department over the past several years, with more staff and more training, allowing us to really tell stories in a whole new way,” says News Director Emily McCord. “That’s why it’s especially exciting to have our work acknowledged by our peers in the public media industry.”

The PRNDI awards celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.

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WFDD wins prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded 88.5 WFDD a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation for its Community Conversation on Mental Health. This comes after the station received three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Large Market Radio in Region 8, which encompasses Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Murrow Awards, among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news, are presented to news organizations that demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism.

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