Updated March 28 at 3:28pm

WJAR site wins national Murrow award


CRANSTON – WJAR-TV (NBC 10) has won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio & Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) for its Web site, Turnto10.com.

“This is such a prestigious honor,” said Kim Reis, interactive media manager at WJAR. “It’s wonderful to see WJAR’s team being honored by so many respected organizations. The continuous news process is so important and this is an unbelievable honor for all of us.”

WJAR was the only Rhode Island broadcaster that won a national Murrow award this year. The station won in the Web site category for small-market television stations. It was one of 51 winners honored with 79 awards.

Entries for the Murrow award for best Web site were judged on depth and quality of content, innovation, use of audio and video, visual design, functionality and usability, interactivity and storytelling techniques, the local TV station said in a prepared news release today.

Public broadcaster WGBH-TV (PBS 2) in Boston won in the large-market television station category for its documentary on the political strategist Lee Atwater, “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.”

Considered one of the nation’s most prestigious news awards, the Murrow awards have honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism since 1971. Submissions are judged by a panel of journalists both regionally and nationwide.

Murrow, known for his honesty and integrity in reporting the news, first came to prominence with a series of ground-breaking news broadcasts before and during World War II. He later was a pioneer in the relatively new field of television news in the 1950s.

The first television station in the Providence market, 60-year-old WJAR generally leads in the ratings for the region, which includes New Bedford and Fall River.

The station is owned by Richmond, Va.-based Media General Inc., which serves markets primarily in the southeastern U.S.


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