WLRN Public Media won nine awards for work produced during 2015 at this year's Public Radio News Directors Inc. annual conference. The honors, part of PRNDI’s highly-competitive national awards competition, were announced during a ceremony June 25 during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis.
The work represents a broad swath of newsroom work, including pieces by two former interns in student categories. They reflect the creativity, dedication and journalistic chops of the entire staff, as well as the support of WLRN as a whole.
Here is the list, which includes six first-place and three second-place winners.
Breaking News - First Place for First 15 hours of Same Sex Marriage in Florida
Arts - First Place for Don Quixote at 400: Why The Spanish Loon Flies Higher Than Ever
Sports - First Place for Shark Attack On The Beach! Footvolley's Popularity Taking Off In Florida, The U.S.
Call-in Program - First place for The Florida Roundup: Family Searches For Answers In Shooting Death Of Corey Jones
Student feature - First Place for Rock Camp for Girls
WLRN swept the Short Documentary category.
First place - South Florida's Graffiti Problem In the '90s Had An Emblem: Crook Crome from the End of the Road hour
Second place - How A Tourist Murder Shaped Juvenile Sentencing in Florida from the End of the Road hour
Spot News - Second place for Farmers Ask For A State Of Emergency As Crops Drown In The Field
Student Spot News - Second place for A French Musician Finds Niche With South Florida Audiences.
Last year the station won three awards:
Arts feature - second place for The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour
Nationally edited news feature - second place, FEC Rail Cops Arrests Warrant Scrutiny
Student hard feature - second place for Saira’s Story.
The next PRNDI annual conference will be held in Miami, in June 2017.