Gannett’s KUSA Wins Two Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism
McLEAN, VA – Gannett’s (NYSE: GCI) KUSA in Denver, CO, won two Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism today. KUSA won for best local station (large market) and the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages. The Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, given biennially since 2000, recognize compelling storytelling, accuracy and service to citizens during election season. Winners were announced by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
“It is an honor for KUSA to be recognized for its outstanding, engaging and instructive election coverage,” said Dave Lougee, president, Gannett Broadcasting. “KUSA continues to serve Colorado by holding politicians accountable and educating viewers on the key issues that matter most so they can make an informed decision on Election Day.”
As best local station (large market), KUSA won for its innovative and extensive coverage of the 2014 election, including its “true commitment to issue-based coverage of politics.” KUSA hosted five debates, including for governor and the U.S. Senate, “truth tested” more than 50 political ads, speeches and statements and created an online voter guide to inform and educate viewers. Judges singled out KUSA debate moderators Kyle Clark and political reporter Brandon Rittiman for “asking pointed questions, scrutinizing the responses and pressing the candidates for actual answers.”
The Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages recognizes TV journalists’ best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. KUSA, which also won the Cronkite/Jackson Prize two years ago, was praised again as a “model for others” due to its scriptwriting, presentation and production techniques. KUSA aired 55 segments that fact checked political messages in 2014. The station also compiled those segments into a one-hour special broadcast that aired days before Election Day. Judges said, “KUSA continues to produce the best fact-checking segments on local TV” and that KUSA’s “commitment to fact checking is unrivaled.”
For more information, visit www.cronkiteaward.org.
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