Each year since 1971 RTDNA has honored the legacy of Edward R. Murrow by presenting the Murrow Awards to the best examples of electronic journalism. This year we’re introducing a Student Murrow Award for the first time. The awards entry period opens December 1.
It’s a tough award to get. Last year, only 108 national Murrow Awards were bestowed out of thousands of entries. That’s because Murrow’s is a tough legacy to uphold.
It was the longtime CBS News reporter and anchor who, in 1958, gave the famous “wires and lights in a box” speech at the RTDNA (then RTNDA) convention in Chicago, a moment that was depicted at both the beginning and the ending of George Clooney’s 2005 Murrow biopic “Good Night, And Good Luck.” In that speech, Murrow admonished the broadcast industry to fulfill its responsibility to “teach,…illuminate…and…inspire” a public yearning for news and information.
On another occasion a few years later, Murrow warned journalists to guard their level of trust with the public because it was their most prized possession: “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that,” he said.
Our Murrow Awards judges keep his words in mind when they watch, listen to or read every single entry. And the leaders of our Association and Foundation – RTDNF, the charitable and educational arm of RTDNA – keep them in mind every time we co-produce the Excellence In Journalism conference, conduct a media ethics seminar, help a news organization battle to protect its First Amendment rights or speak out about an issue vital to our craft.
But your support is critical to our ability to continue this work. Please consider a contribution of $25, $40 or whatever amount you can. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation. Or, you can mail a check to RTDNF, 529 14th Street NW, Suite 1240, Washington, D.C. 20045. The RTDNF is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization and your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Edward R. Murrow was “one of those rare legendary figures who was as good as his myth,” wrote David Halberstam in his 1979 book about the America media, The Powers That Be. This is your opportunity to help us ensure the legend lives on. Thanks in advance for your donation.
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