NBC News and CBS News were among the winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for journalism, announced today. Both organizations won the Silver Baton for their breaking news coverage.
NBC News won for its "Devastation in Oklahoma" coverage of the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Okla., with that coverage airing on "Dateline" and "Nightly News."
CBS News was honored for its coverage of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The coverage included an inaccurate report by CBS and other news outlets that indicated the shooter’s mother was a teacher at the school. CBS later acknowledged its report was in error.
Two TV stations also received awards for breaking news coverage: KSHB-TV in Kansas City and WBZ-TV in Boston.
A number of other local TV stations, and the Center for Investigative Journalism, also won awards.
"Six of this year’s recipients featured investigative reporting including stories from KMGH-TV, Denver, WFAA-TV, Dallas, and WVUE-TV, New Orleans," the organization noted in its announcement. "The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) will receive two awards for investigative multimedia reporting: one recognizing the cross-platform collaboration with U.C. Berkeley IRP, ‘Frontline’ and Univision, ‘Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño’; the second award will be given to ‘Broken Shield.’ ESPN will be honored for the first time with a silver baton for investigative reporting."
The awards will be handed out Jan. 21, 2014, in a ceremony at Columbia University, to be hosted by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.