Grace Hood to be honored Oct. 15 at WBUR Gala
(Boston) — Boston University and 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, have announced reporter Grace Hood of Northern Colorado NPR member station KUNC as the winner of the 2012 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Now in its 11th year, the prize is named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr, who died in 2010.
The $5,000 Schorr Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists 35 years old and under, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.
Hood’s winning entry, “Investigating Colorado’s Online K-12 Schools,” is a three-part investigative report on for-profit education that aired on KUNC starting in September 2011. It uncovered a mix of corporate profits, questionable state oversight and poor academic results at the state’s largest full-time online school, Colorado Virtual Academy.
Her story, however, has implications beyond Colorado, as other states — including North Carolina — are considering whether to allow corporations to operate such schools with public funds. The series is accessible online at http://www.kunc.org/post/overworked-and-underpaid-teacher-staffing-colorado-virtual-academy.
Hood will be honored at the 11th Annual WBUR Gala on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay. An annual benefit for the public radio station, the gala is expected to raise more than $350,000 in support for independent news and programming.
“Her reports demonstrated the likely abuse of millions of dollars in public funds for an online education that was producing decidedly inferior results while at the same time enriching the for-profit management company,” said Schorr Prize judge Philip S. Balboni, CEO of Global Post.
A reporter at KUNC in Greeley, Colo., Hood has contributed to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the National Radio Project’s “Making Contact,” Voice of America, Free Speech Radio and more. She won KUNC its first Edward R. Murrow Award in 2010 for her story “Two Men, Two Women and a Baby” – and then won two more, in 2011 and 2012, for her feature and investigative reporting.
Recent past recipients of the Schorr Prize include NPR host and correspondent David Greene (2011); WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang, who is now a reporter for NPR (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, who is now the weekend host of “All Things Considered” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).
Public radio journalists from around the world competed for this prestigious recognition. Schorr had said he was honored to have this prize bear his name, as he believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of the broadcast industry, and particularly those who found a calling in public radio.
This year’s distinguished panel of Schorr Prize judges, in addition to Balboni, included:
- Julia McEvoy, managing editor of KQED;
- Ellen Weiss of The Center for Public Integrity;
- NPR producer Cindy Carpien;
- Joe O’Connor, general manager of Rhode Island Public Radio.
About WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station
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About Boston University
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(Boston) – Student journalists from Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) have arrived in London to begin their local lens coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games for six New England news organizations. These 14 students will provide multimedia coverage, including videos, tweets and blog updates, from a newsroom set up in BU’s London complex in South Kensington, London, UK for outlets including The Boston Globe, WBZ-TV and WBUR-FM.
The participating students, who arrived in London July 2nd, will complete three weeks of training prior to the beginning of the Games. Students will study the history of the Olympics with an in-depth look at the seismic changes in Olympics coverage such as real-time video streaming of events and 3D broadcasts. In addition, they will receive an overview of the current organization, visit Olympic event sites, and conduct interviews with organizers and journalists, including Stephen Mitchell, deputy director of BBC News and head of multimedia programs.
Stories to be covered include profiles of Boston and New England-based Olympians and their families and sidebar features about New England’s role in the 2012 Olympic Games. BU intern-correspondents will go for the gold with coverage that starts before the Games and runs through the closing ceremonies on August 12th.
“Consider this Olympic-level training for the online journalists of tomorrow. Our students will navigate an international news and sports event and collaborate with each other to blog, videotape and photograph Olympic stories. Viewers will get beyond the network, finish line coverage of their favorite local Olympians, watching when and what they want online.” said Susan Walker, associate professor of journalism and director of the London Olympics program. “Our partnering news outlets have welcomed the added value of BU’s students contributing on the ground coverage of local athletes to supplement their online and on air coverage.”
The London Olympics program is sponsored by the College of Communication and Boston University’s Study Abroad office.
News websites that will showcase BU student work beginning July 27th are:
The Boston Globe:
WBZ -TV and WBZ-AM:
Go Local Providence:
Metro West Daily News:
Go Local Worcester:
In addition, their work will also be featured on the Boston University London Olympics site: www.bujournalism.com/olympics2012. Biographies of the students covering the Olympics can be found here: www.bu.edu/com/academics/journalism/semester-at-the-summer-olympics-2012.
Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication (COM) specializes in Film and Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, COM integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. COM’s faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.