2020 Student Murrow Award Winners
Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. In 2015, RTDNA created the Student Murrow Awards to specifically recognize the outstanding work of student journalists.

Entries are judged on the national level and winners are recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala.  

The winners of the 2020 Student Edward R. Murrow Awards are:

Excellence in Audio Newscast: Carolina Connection, Feb. 9, 2019
University of North Carolina

Kevin Guskiewicz is named UNC’s interim chancellor, and he’s already responding to a new controversy. On the fourth anniversary of the Finley Forest shooting, people come together to honor the three young victims. New research raises questions about the health effects of the herbal drug kratom. Students use their social media savvy to make money. Astrology is growing in popularity, causing some students to look to the stars on a daily basis. A Carrboro man spends his free time picking up trash.


Excellence in Audio Reporting: What Happened to Weirton?
West Virginia University and West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Ella Jennings, a master's student in the school of journalism at West Virginia University tackled a critical exploration of her hometown, Weirton, West Virginia, with help and assistance and ultimately for audiences of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


Excellence in Digital Reporting: Dirty Business
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Most of us don’t think much about recycling. We rinse our yogurt containers, crush our milk cartons, and break down our boxes. But once our trash hits the curb in a bin, we forget about it. Welcome to Minh Khai, Vietnam – where plastic from all over the world finds new life. This multimedia web package probes the experiences of Minh Khai’s residents as they wrestle with the blessings and curses of an empire built on our trash.


Excellence in Video Newscast: Al Dia: A Border Emergency
California State University Fullerton

Hundreds of Central American migrants made the harrowing journey to the US/Mexico border as part of a caravan to escape drug violence and poverty back home. Eight Cal State Fullerton students were there to report and capture the raw emotions on camera— they were the only team of student journalists covering the crisis on the ground as it unfolded. 


Excellence in Video Reporting: Secrets of Shambhala
Chapman University

This is an investigative report examining student experiences in a University-sponsored interterm travel course at a Colorado location where there had been allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. After this story was published online in December 2019, the University cancelled the class for the January 2020 interterm.