Two podcasts were among the winners of the 2019 National Murrow Awards announced Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association. ABC News Radio’s morning news podcast Start Here was awarded the Murrow for Excellence in Innovation. ABC News President James Goldston says it’s the first time the network has won the innovation prize. “In addition to bringing in our trusted correspondents for in-depth, flowing conversations, Brad Mielke and the Start Here teamfeature our behind-the scenes producers and researchers for an added context not heard in traditional newscasts,” Goldston said.
The RTDNA also recognized Serial’s third season with a Murrow for Best News Series. In the case of Serial’s third season, the Sarah Koenig-hosted podcast was based in a Cleveland courthouse where its week-to-week snapshot exposed inequities in how criminal justice is applied.
“Winning a Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners and readers,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA’s Executive Director. The winners are selected by demonstrating technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.
From more than 4,600 entries, the Murrow Awards recognized 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories. “From excellence in technical aspects of multimedia news to innovation, engagement and investigation, these pieces exemplify the best of broadcast and digital journalism today,” RTDNA said in its announcement.
The full list of winners is here. The national awards will be presented October 14 at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York.