WFIU Public Radio, WTIU Public Television, and Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) earned 19 awards at the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Best in Indiana Journalism Contest on April 22. The awards recognize the most outstanding work of the year in Indiana in print, broadcast, and online journalism.
Lauren Chapman, IPB News digital editor, was awarded the Indiana Journalist of the Year for her nuanced and expansive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. IPB News is a collaboration of the state’s nine public media newsrooms and a shared statewide team, which includes journalists from the WFIU/WTIU newsroom.
The judges said Chapman won in a very close competition for “her dogged, relevant, detailed, human coverage of Covid. It’s the story that affected (and still does) almost everyone in her area, the USA and the world.”
IPB News was also honored with first place awards for education coverage, radio sports reporting, radio continuing coverage, radio public affairs, and best COVID-19 initiative; second place awards for medical/science and environmental reporting; and a third place award for sports reporting.
The WFIU-WTIU News team won five awards, including a first place award for radio breaking news coverage on the flash flood in Bloomington last June, a second place award for radio public affairs, and third place awards in coverage of social justice issues, radio continuing coverage, and radio feature story.
WTIU received five awards, with its TV series Journey Indiana winning first and second place awards for sports reporting and second and third place awards for features news videography. WTIU also received a second place award in the documentary category for Singing Winds: The Life & Works of T.C. Steele.
A complete list of SPJ awards presented to WFIU, WTIU, and IPB News is available below.
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