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WFDD 2022 Photo of the Year Winner

WFDD 2022 Photo of the Year

Grandfather Mountain at their nature reserve            Kevin DeShields of Boone N.C.

A guest post from WFDD

Over 1500 people voted, and WFDD is excited to share our 2022 Photo of the Year winner, Kevin DeShields!

Congratulations, Kevin, and to our runners-up, Frank Peplowski III and Ron Pardue.

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WFDD wins six Public Media Journalists Association awards

At its 2022 conference in Seattle, Public Media Journalists Association announced its annual award winners honoring exemplary work done in the calendar year 2021. This year, 221 awards were presented to 101 organizations. The awards recognize the best work in public media journalism from across the country.

WFDD won in the following categories:

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Dispatches From Within, from WFDD's Hive® program, wins multiple journalism awards

Modified 88.5 WFDD logo for its 75th anniversary in 2021Dispatches From Within, a youth-produced series focused on teen mental health from WFDD’s Radio 101 program, has brought home multiple prestigious journalism awards, affirming the strong work of the students and the value and success of this education initiative.

The series received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation. It was also recognized by the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) with a Second Place award in the Series category, and a First Place award for Multi-Media Presentation in the Student category, the field of which is primarily college-level interns or fellows. These are highly-competitive awards in which WFDD competes against many public media stations with larger staffs and budgets.

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WFDD announces winner of its student podcast challenge

WFDD announced the winner of its Student Podcast Challenge, a project launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the country for the last several months. The news cycle has been dominated by Covid19-related stories, but according to Gabriel Maisonnave, “there was one voice that was constantly missing: that of youth.”

Maisonnave manages Hive, WFDD’s education program, which encompasses Radio Camp, Radio 101, and several other initiatives. “Students all across the country have seen their lives upended and have been forced to deal with a reality that even most grown-ups have been struggling to get a hold of,” said Maisonnave. With Maisonnave leading the charge, WFDD launched a regional Student Podcast Challenge, and communicated with teachers in school districts throughout the Piedmont and High Country about the opportunity.

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WFDD honored for 'Overall Excellence' third consecutive year

A guest post from WFDD radio

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

Edward R Murrow Awards 2020 logo

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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