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FAMU SJGC Celebrates Regional Edward R Murrow Award

Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) in collaboration with the University of Florida (UF) is proud to announce its recent achievement as a recipient of the prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow award. This honor highlights the exceptional work of both universities’ journalism programs and their commitment to excellence in reporting.

This year’s winning entry, UFxFAMU1963: Reporting from the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, was in the Small Market Television (professional category) and won for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Produced in 2023 during spring break, 11 students and four instructors from FAMU SJGC and UF joined to report across the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Their findings were developed into a documentary that highlighted their ability to engage and inform the public on a sensitive, but ultimately timely subject.

The Edward R. Murrow awards, presented annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), are among the most respected journalism awards in the world. Named after legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. FAMU SJGC and UF were acknowledged for exemplary reporting and innovative storytelling.

Mira Lowe, FAMU SJGC dean, expressed excitement and pride regarding the award. “This recognition reflects the passion our students, and indeed our extended team, bring to their projects. We are committed to upholding the standards of excellence exemplified by Edward R. Murrow and we are more than honored to receive this award.”

As detailed on its website, the Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Regional Murrow Awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions. Regional winners are automatically considered for a national award.

UFxFAMU1963: Reporting from the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is available to view on WUFT News YouTube Channel.

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