WUWM-FM – Milwaukee’s National Public Radio affiliate – has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Winning in the areas of newscast, hard news and excellence in innovation, WUWM’s awards came in the large market radio category of the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin region.
The newscast award was granted in recognition of a May 2, 2017, report on a Milwaukee County jury’s decision that the district attorney should issue charges in a dehydration death that occurred at the county jail.
In the hard news category, WUWM was awarded for its report “Dinner Conversations Help Keep Addicts on Track” – a report focused on an effort to combat heroin addiction and overdoses.
WUWM’s award-winning entry for the excellence in innovation award highlighted the ways that UWM engages its audience, including the use of the Hearken engagement strategy– often referred to as public-powered journalism. WUWM employed this strategy for its news coverage in “Bubbler Talk,” “Project Milwaukee: Segregation Matters” and “Beats Me.”
As a regional winner, WUWM will automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition. Winners of the national competition will be announced in June.
Granted by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Edward R. Murrow Awards have been used to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow, a former broadcast journalist and war correspondent, set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.