CapRadio Wins National Murrow Award for Multimedia Project “TahoeLand: Trawling For Clarity”
Sacramento, CA - October 13, 2020: The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced that Capital Public Radio (CapRadio) and NPR are the recipients of a National 2020 Edward R. Murrow Award in Multimedia (Radio Network) for the digital reporting project TahoeLand: Trawling For Clarity. The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.
TahoeLand: Trawling For Clarity examines how Lake Tahoe’s iconic clarity is now threatened by millions of invasive mysis shrimp placed there by the state in the 1960s to help the local fish population. The final product combined first-person reporting — telling the story of the scientists battling the shrimp through text and video — with well-researched data reporting and visualizations to paint a complete picture of the struggle to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
The project, produced in collaboration with the NPR Visuals team, was reported on and written by Emily Zentner, designed by Veronika Nagy, illustrated by Andrew Le, developed by Katy Kidwell and Thomas Wilburn, and edited by Chris Hagan and Arielle Retting.
“Our team got a lot of joy out of learning about this topic and creating this project together, and we wanted to make sure our fascination was captured in the way we presented it,” said Chris Hagan, managing editor of digital content at CapRadio. “It was exciting to work with the NPR Visuals team to turn a complex, data-heavy story about the research being done in Tahoe into an educational, immersive and fun experience for our audiences.”
In addition to its Murrow Award in Multimedia, CapRadio was also recognized as part of the California Dream Collaboration’s Graying California series, which won in the Multimedia category (Large Market Radio).
“Among the most prestigious news awards in the nation, we are thrilled to be recognized by RTDNA for excellence in storytelling and digital journalism,” said Joe Barr, chief content officer at CapRadio. “These awards demonstrate our commitment to produce compelling digital content and partner with other news organizations to serve our audiences.”
A complete list of National Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found at rtdna.org.
CapRadio serves California’s Capital Region, Central Valley and Sierra Nevada as the public-supported alternative to for-profit media. As the NPR-member station based in Sacramento, CapRadio connects with communities through seven broadcast stations, live streaming, podcasts, digital communities, live experiences and more. Known for its award-winning newsroom, CapRadio is recognized as a leader in community-engaged journalism and state government reporting, and CapRadio Music is the exclusive broadcast source of classical and jazz in the region. With more than 500,000 weekly listeners on-air and online, CapRadio provides a trusted and indispensable source of information, music and events.