89.7 NPR News Receives First Place Award
COLUMBUS, OHIO, AUGUST 19, 2019 – WOSU Public Media’s 89.7 NPR News radio station was named Ohio’s Best Radio News Operation by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in their Ohio’s Best Journalism contest. A top broadcast winner, 89.7 NPR News also was recognized with nine first- and second-place awards.
- First Place – Best Radio News Operation
- First Place – Best Newscast
- First Place – Specialized Journalism Site – Chasing the Dream
- First Place – Best Criminal Justice Reporting – The Linden Model: Helping Sex Workers Break the Cycle of Incarceration
- First Place – Best Investigative – Reporting Opportunity Zones Send Tax Breaks To Areas That Might Not Need Them
- First Place – Best Minority Issues Coverage – Columbus Welcomes First Transgender Wellness Center In Ohio
- Second Place – Best News Story – Urban Meyer, Gene Smith Suspended After Ohio State Investigation
- Second Place – Best Environment Reporting – Researchers Find New Hope for Fighting Ash Borer
- Second Place – Best Government Reporting – Encouraged By Incumbents, Whitehall Reconsiders Term Limits
- Second Place – Best Investigative Reporting – Rent to Own, Then Left Without a Home
Sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, the 2019 contest included 624 entries with 301 awards.
Ohio’s Best Journalism is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service. A celebration honoring the statewide winners was held Saturday, August 17.
About WOSU Public Media
A licensee of The Ohio State University, WOSU Public Media is a non-profit, community supported, noncommercial multimedia organization serving 31 counties in Ohio. An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU offers programming and services through two public radio stations (89.7 NPR News and Classical 101), a public TV station made up of four channels (WOSU TV, WOSU Plus, WOSU Ohio and WOSU Kids), a mobile app, and two websites (wosu.org and columbusneighborhoods.org).
From initiatives like Ready To Learn®, which provides workshops to childcare providers, teachers and parents, to American Graduate, which looks at workforce issues in Ohio, to offering venues for civil discourse, the mission of WOSU Public Media is to enrich lives through content and experiences that engage, inform and inspire.