An annual youth journalism contest, now in its seventh year, awarded a radio spot one of its top honors.
A stronger emphasis on audio was discussed at the most recent Journalism Education Association (JEA) Digital Committee meeting in April. Members of the JEA Digital Committee contribute to this site and shape digital initiatives for JEA.
Podcasts and radio broadcasts that use free form structure, like Ira Glass’s “This American Life,” require a different emphasis than a traditional reporting segment for NPR News, for example. Whether to teach one style over another was debated.
The winning news spot combines a casual style of reporting with substantive and factual sound bites.
Judges comments for the University of Alaska entry by Francisco Martinez, “Spice hits Anchorage hard,” commend it as a “nice contemporary take on the news.”
Moreover, the comments said, “This piece has an incredible depth of sources and was able to explain a complex issue. Bravo! We also liked the relaxed style of the reporter.”
Following is the 4 minute 39 second sound file.