It’s a First for the Broadcast Networks in the duPont Awards

Dec 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

This week’s announcement of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards marks a first for the broadcast networks, and not in a good way. Since 1968, when the duPont Awards began, the broadcast networks have always taken home an award, but this year marks the first time not one was among the winners, reports TVNewser.

“The fourteen winners for 2015 include usual suspects like ‘Frontline’ and CNN, and four local television stations. And then there are the newbies, including Netflix, which was chosen for a feature documentary,” the piece notes.

“The categories change. The technologies change. Ten years ago, who even knew what streaming was? Today a streaming service has won a duPont,” said Richard Wald, duPont Jury Chair and the Fred W. Friendly Professor of Media and Society at Columbia Journalism School. “But the jury was impressed that the essentials remain: Tell a good story in the service of truth; tell something interesting and important; tell something that makes us wiser and better informed. Valuable journalism is alive and well.”

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