Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series has been awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award. The series installment, “The early birder gets the warblers, chickadees, and orioles,” was given the honor for excellence in sound in the large market radio category. Winners in the excellence in sound category demonstrate creative use of sound to tell a story.
The feature was written and produced by Rebecca Williams and edited by Doug Tribou, with help from Lauren Talley. In the piece, which originally aired in May 2018, Williams followed a group of birders on an early morning hike to see migrating birds arriving in Michigan. The story captured the sounds of warblers, buntings, orioles and sparrows, and the excited birders as they spotted their favorite species. You can listen to the story here. Companion images to the feature were provided by Michigan Radio’s Emma Winowiecki.
The Murrow Awards are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Michigan Radio competes in the large market radio category, which consists of both public and commercial radio stations. Michigan Radio was the only radio station in the state to win a national Murrow award. The station was previously presented with regional Murrow awards in the continuing coverage, feature reporting, investigative reporting, hard news, and use of sound categories earlier this year.
"These winning pieces from news organizations large and small have educated, uplifted, inspired, uncovered and enlightened,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director. "We're proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities."
National winners from each category, including television, radio, and digital news, will be honored at the 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York on October 14, 2019.
The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA has been honoring excellence in journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971, and the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world.