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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

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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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WFDD wins five RTDNAC/AP Awards

Kerri Brown at the RTDNAC/AP Awards

This is a guest post from radio station WFDD at Wake Forest:

WFDD has been recognized by Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and the Associated Press for its 2019 awards, recognizing the best in broadcast journalism in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The station received first place in four categories, including in the investigative and hard news categories. WFDD reporter Keri Brown received a 2nd place honor for Radio Reporter of The Year.


Daytime Newscast (North Carolina): Noon Newscast (Jan. 25, 2019)
Hard News Feature: First Place: WFDD – Emotions Run High During Confederate Statue Rally, Keri Brown, WFDD
Investigative: – First Place: WFDD – “On The Margins” Housing Struggles in the Triad – Bethany Chafin, David Ford, Eddie Garcia, 88.5 WFDD
Special Report: – First Place: WFDD – Unsafe Haven: The Aftermath of A Deadly Fire – David Ford, 88.5 WFDD
Radio Reporter of the Year: – Second Place: WFDD – Keri Brown

“We strive to bring quality journalism to our community day in and day out, so it’s
truly an honor for our work to be showcased among our colleagues in the Carolinas,” says Emily McCord, WFDD News Director.

Winners were announced Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the RTDNAC/AP annual luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway with nearly 200 professional and student journalists in attendance.


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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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