Ohio SPJ Award Winners

Television

News Reporting

Congratulations to the WOSU News Team for bringing home five 2007 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards. The competition honors print, online and broadcast journalists in Ohio who best served the public interest and promoted freedom in 2006. While there are many contests that honor reporting and writing, this is the only Ohio competition that also awards prizes to those print and broadcast journalists who fulfill what is at the heart of the SPJ mission: Defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance against censorship, advocacy of open access to public records and meetings, media self-criticism and service by journalists to the less fortunate in their community.

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NATAS Emmy Awards

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently awarded WOSU Public Media with four Emmy Awards (from eight nominations). NATAS presents the Emmy Award to television professionals in thirteen markets and four states, and makes its scholarship available to students at accredited colleges and universities throughout the region.

ArtZine is a television magazine featuring local art organizations, activities and artists. A unique collaboration between WOSU and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), Artzine is designed to develop greater appreciation of the cultural opportunities available in central Ohio. ArtZine strives to show the process behind exhibitions, festivals, and productions. Features have included the Columbus Arts Festival, musicians, muralists, sculptors, painters, mimes and actors. ArtZine is co-produced by WOSU TV’s Cindy Gaillard and Forest Godsey.

Produced by WOSU TV and shot in high definition, The Pride of the Buckeyes documentary tells the story of the “best damn band in the land” and explores the many characteristics that make it unique. From rigorous preparations before a halftime show, to last-minute instrument repairs, ankle-wraps, and uniform mends, The Pride of the Buckeyes documents precisely what it takes to be a part of this elite organization. The Pride of the Buckeyes was produced and edited by WOSU TV’s Mary Rathke.

Applauding Appalachia is a documentary that tells the story of five artists from Southern Ohio who have helped to preserve Appalachian culture and art. Their individual stories are woven together in a program that provides a picture of the diversity of their traditions and highlights their unique heritage. Applauding Appalachia was produced by WOSU TV’s Kevin Theessen.

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