WNIN-UE Collaboration Receives National Honor

Aug 17, 2021

Credit rtdna.org

COVID Between the Coasts honored with a national Edward R. Murrow award for innovation.

During the early days of the pandemic, WNIN, the University of Evansville and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? combined resources to tell our region's story of the historic time in new ways. In all, seven professional journalists, two UE professors and their ChangeLab classes worked through the summer and fall of 2020 to create a database of the pandemic's impact on seven Midwestern states and tell the stories that emerged from the data.

COVID Between the Coasts

That collaboration is being honored in 2021 with a national Edward R. Murrow award for innovation by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The award will be presented during a televised event in New York City on October 27th.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting announcement

CBC covers the intersection of systemic failures and Midwestern cultural norms that contributed to the impact of the pandemic. We're proud that by coming together with a community partner, we were able to go above and beyond the day to day coverage of the virus' spread, providing important new information and insight for the historical record. 

CBC is an ongoing resource for journalists and community leaders seeking unbiased, factual information about the spread and impact of the virus in our seven state survey area. 

We're also pleased that thanks to the community's support for excellence, the 2021 award is a repeat for WNIN. ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? was the 2020 national winner in the innovation category. Thanks for your support that makes this kind of high quality journalism possible in our community.