'Serial' wins duPont award
"Serial," the breakout hit podcast from the producers of "This American Life," is among the winners of broadcast journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
The show, which tracked the legal travails of convicted murder Adnan Syed, became the first podcast to be awarded a duPont in the award's 70-plus year history. The judges called the 12-part show a "groundbreaking" effort that laid bare "inadequacies of the criminal justice system."
This year's duPont winners also included VICE News and Al Jazeera America, a first for both news outlets. Public broadcasters took home six awards, which Columbia tags as a "robust year" for the networks and stations.
Here are the winners:
- ABC News - "Bruce Jenner: The Interview"
"A substantive, sensitive interview highlighted one of this year’s most talked about social issues — transgenderism."
- Al Jazeera America & Kartemquin Films — "Hard Earned"
"Immersive verité filmmaking invested viewers in the lives of the struggling working class through compelling human portraits."
- "60 Minutes" — "A Crime Against Humanity"
"Previously unheard testimony and unseen images bore shocking witness to the 2013 Syrian sarin gas attacks."
- Arizona PBS — "Hooked: Tracking Heroin's Hold on Arizona"
"A local student-professional partnership spotlighted a flourishing but hidden heroin epidemic in Arizona."
- "FRONTLINE" — Ebola Outbreak & Outbreak
"Two separate comprehensive Ebola documentaries combined to dominate coverage of this tragic international story."
- "FRONTLINE" — "Growing Up Trans"
"An artful feature length documentary presented a poignant, clear-eyed examination of the complex world of transgender children."
- HBO Documentary Films in association with Sky Atlantic and Jigsaw Productions — "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"
"A blockbuster feature length documentary exposé of Scientology challenged powerful interests head on."
- "HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" — "The Price of Glory"
"An exceptional magazine investigation exposed the dark side of Qatar’s plan to host the 2022 World Cup, from buying athletes to exploiting workers."
- KMOV-TV & Craig Cheatham — "The Injustice System: Cops, Courts and Greedy Politicians"
"A rare commercial-free hour gave important context to the news in Ferguson by exposing corruption in the St. Louis area’s criminal justice system."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — "A Watershed Moment: Great Lakes at a Crossroads"
"An informative multimedia project clearly illustrated the damage caused to the Great Lakes by invasive species."
- WETA, Ark Media, Florentine Films & Laura Ziskin Pictures — "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"
"An ambitious documentary series tackled a challenging topic with depth, context and humanity."
- VICE News — "Selfie Soldiers: Russia's Army Checks in to Ukraine"
"Innovative reporting tracked Russian soldiers to Ukraine through their social media accounts."
- WBAL-TV & Jayne Miller — Freddie Gray Investigation
"Outstanding local breaking news coverage gave up-to-the-minute reports on the death of Freddie Gray."
- WBEZ & "This American Life" — "Serial," Season One
"A groundbreaking podcast series revealed the inadequacies of the criminal justice system."
- WNYC — "NYPD Bruised"
"Hard-hitting investigative radio reports used data analysis to show questionable NYPD practices."
- WRAL-TV — Journey Alone
"An enlightening short documentary examined the surge in illegal immigration of unaccompanied minors and its impact on North Carolina."