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SOURCE USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Proving that political coverage can be both informative and compelling, the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism were announced today by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The 2013 Cronkite Awards recognize distinguished work produced during the 2011-2012 election cycle.
This competition introduced a new category: the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, named for the founding director of FactCheck.org, Brooks Jackson, and selected by a special jury convened by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, home of FactCheck.org.
Said APPC director and University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, "In a competition filled with exemplary work, the graphics innovations of CNN and KUSA, and KUSA's web outreach stood out."
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Judges were impressed that both Hearst and Belo made a top-down commitment to getting their stations to air an impressive amount of quality political journalism: "Shining a spotlight on this kind of commitment is a core mission of the Cronkite Award. The leadership of these groups asked their stations to dedicate themselves to this mission, and the stations rose to the challenge."
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This year, instead of selecting a regularly-scheduled national news program, judges gave the Cronkite Award to the campaign coverage carried across the schedules of two network entrants.
Judges said that both BET and Univision "served their viewers extremely well," adding that "all Americans deserve the level of solid coverage that these networks provide their audiences."
The Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism are named for distinguished journalist and longtime CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. In addition to the Cronkite/Jackson Prize jury, a panel of nine judges was chaired by Geneva Overholser, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. In 2013, well over 100 entries – a record – were received.
"It was an especially strong field, and judges were encouraged that it was so hard to pick winners," said USC Annenberg professor Martin Kaplan, director of USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center, which has administered the biennial awards since 2000. "The entries demonstrate that against long odds, TV journalists across the country are determined to get it right in a medium that most Americans still turn to in order to learn about their electoral choices."
The awards will be presented at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 19. For more information about the awards, visit the website at www.cronkiteaward.org.
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