For the 14th consecutive year, Tri States Public Radio won at least one Regional Murrow Award in the competition held by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). TSPR competes in the Small Market Radio division in the four state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
This year TSPR won in the Hard News category for the story “Medical Marijuana in West Central Illinois.” The story introduces listeners to someone who uses medical marijuana and it takes listeners inside a cultivation center where the medicine is created. The cultivation centers are not open to the public so the piece provides a rare glimpse into one of the facilities.
News Director Rich Egger reported the story but said the whole news department helped create the final product.
“Student reporter Breanna Descourouez accompanied me to the cultivation center to take photographs for the web version of the story. This freed me to focus on gathering interviews and sound,” Egger said.
“And reporters Jason Parrott and Emily Boyer edited the story, which improved the narrative and tightened up the script. This story was truly a team effort.”
The story will next be considered for a National Murrow Award.