KUSA - 9NEWS was named the local station winner of the first ever Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages in the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. The announcement came today from the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Annenberg Public Policy Center (APCC) director and University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson said, "In a competition filled with exemplary work, the graphics innovations of ... KUSA, and KUSA's web outreach stood out."
9NEWS received the prestigious award for its 44 "Truth Tests" which analyzed both state and national political ads during the 2011-2012 election cycle. A news release from USC says "the jury was impressed by KUSA's commitment of reportorial talent ... which minimized the impact of the visuals in the analyzed ads and the on-air/online synergy created by posting the analyses and supporting articles and sources on 9NEWS.com."
Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis said, "9NEWS Truth Tests demonstrate the vital need for analysis on local television in addition to daily reporting of the nuts and bolts of political campaigns. Politicians need to understand that their messages and statements should not and will not go unchallenged. Hopefully, broadcast analysis like this will help bring more candor to the political process in future elections as voters seek out information to help them make decisions grounded in reality and not rhetoric."
The Truth Test team was led by Dennis, Assistant News Director Tim Ryan and Executive Producer Mark Yoder. Political reporter Brandon Rittiman and reporters Matt Flener and Chris Vanderveen produced the segments for television and the web in conjunction with graphic support from director Christy Tetzler and Denver University graduate student researchers Hannah Eddy, Emily Lande and Emily Parker.
The Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages was named for the founding director of FactCheck.org, Brooks Jackson, and selected by a special jury convened by the APPC of the University of Pennsylvania, home of FactCheck.org. The awards will be bestowed at an April 19 ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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