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CNN, ‘Frontline’ Among 2015 duPont Winners

4038v2239 (1)CNN and PBS’ “Frontline” were among the winners of 2015 duPont-Columbia awards, announced this morning by the Columbia University School of Journalism.

“Frontline” gets two duPonts: one for “United States of Secrets,” described by the judges as the “inside story of how the U.S. government collected vast quantities of Americans’ private information and then hid its actions”; the other for “Syria’s Second Front,” which was one of the first inside glimpses into ISIS through “a groundbreaking, harrowing account of the factions fighting there.”

CNN’s “Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports” was honored for “parsing the science and politics of a divisive issue.”

The duPont judges noted that digital media is clearly impacting who tells stories, and how those stories are shared, with Netflix becoming the first streaming media service to win. Netflix’s feature documentary, “Virunga,” gets a duPont for being “a powerful immersive film that explores the conflict between global politics and environmentalism.”

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With $800,000 and Two ’60 Minutes’ Veterans, ‘Frontline’ Makes Major Investment in Digital

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CBS’ “60 Minutes” and PBS’ “Frontline” have a lot in common. Both have deep and distinguished roots in traditional media–your Mom, for instance, will know both brands, while Vice may still be a bit of a mystery–and both have been doing capital-J journalism on television in a style that has resisted flash and fluff for decades.

So it might seem natural that “Frontline” has hired two “60 Minutes” veterans, James Jacoby, who spent four years as a producer at “60 Minutes”, Anya Bourg, who produced at “60 Minutes” for eight years. But Bourg and Jacoby won’t be working on traditional TV stories–they’re part of a major push to expand the venerable “Frontline” brand beyond old-school TV. “They will strengthen Frontline’s presence and identity as a digital newsroom,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, deputy executive producer for “Frontline”–and it’s probably wise to think of “Frontline” the way its own journalists do–as a news organization, and not just a show.
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Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff to Co-Anchor PBS NewsHour Election Coverage

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“PBS NewsHour” will to anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on election night, with Ifill and Woodruff leading the NewsHour’s online and on-air elections coverage. NewsHour will have an elections edition live at 6 p.m. ET, with updated broadcasts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

At 11 p.m. ET, Ifill and Woodruff will co-anchor a special 30-minute report with analysis from correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson, political analysts Amy Walter and Stu Rothenberg, and NewsHour contributors Domenico Montanaro and Lisa Desjardins.

From 6 p.m. ET through 11:30 p.m. ET, NewsHour will live stream elections coverage on the PBS.org/newshour site and via Ustream.

Lisa Desjardins Joins ‘NewsHour’

LisaDesjardinsLisa Desjardins, a former Capitol Hill correspondent with CNN, who produced the best exit video in recent memory, is joining PBS NewsHour as Politics Reporter and Editor. And she produced an equally awesome new job video.

Desjardins, who starts Monday, was laid off from CNN in August after 9 years with the network. She worked first with CNN Radio and later CNN TV. Before CNN, Desjardins reported for the AP, Reuters and WIS-TV in Columbia, SC.

“Lisa is a talented and deeply-sourced political reporter with experience in television, both on and off air, radio, digital and print,” writes PBS Newshour EP Sara Just in a note to staff.

 

Martin Smith Wins Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award

MartinSmithVeteran PBS “Frontline” producer Martin Smith has been announced as the winner of Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award for his “courageous and insightful reporting on some of the most complex stories of our time.”

Past recipients include NBC’s Richard Engel, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, and NPR’s Robert Siegel.

Smith has covered the world for 40 years, tracking everything from the rise of Al Qaeda to the global financial crisis. His next documentary, The Rise of ISIS, premieres October 28 on PBS.

Ken Burns On How To Make History ‘Not Homework’

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With the debut of Ken Burns‘s latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” tonight on PBS, we take a look back at Burns’s First Big Break, when he brought The Brooklyn Bridge to life. Burns has not forgotten what the success of that first documentary has meant for all the award-winning work he’s produced since: “The real thing is what you put into the film, not what kind of glory comes afterwards.”

Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff & Jim Lehrer on ‘Core Values,’ New ‘Faces’ at PBS NewsHour

WoodruffIfill“It’s kind of a dream come true,” Judy Woodruff tells TVNewser about the job she started last September.  ”I pinch myself every day to believe that I am co-anchoring the [PBS] NewsHour.”

One year after her debut as half of the program’s new anchor team, Woodruff’s appreciation for the position is matched by that of her friend and co-anchor, Gwen Ifill.

“I got the great chance to be a caretaker” of an iconic show, says Ifill.

The veteran journalists made history when, on September 9, 2013, they became the first women to co-anchor a nightly network newscast.

“No matter where I go around the country,” Woodruff says, “people come up, and they just say how excited they are, how thrilled they are” about the groundbreaking team.

Noteworthy as it may be, the NewsHour‘s co-founder, Jim Lehrer, tells TVNewser that Ifill and Woodruff got the nod simply for being the “logical and best combination” for the job.

Calling the duo “terrific,” he says he’s delighted with a transition that was more than two years in the making.

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Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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‘Frontline’ Gets New Funding to Expand Investigative Reporting

frontline logo“Frontline,” PBS’ flagship investigative series produced by WGBH in Boston, has secured two new grants that will go toward a major expansion of investigative reporting across all the show’s platforms.

The first grant, $5 million from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler, is the single largest gift by an individual to “Frontline” in the show’s 30-year history. The majority of that will go toward a new endowment for continuing journalism. The second donation is a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation that will go toward a new cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group.

“These two gifts are a vote of confidence in FRONTLINE’s ambitions for the future,” executive producer David Fanning said in a statement. “’We know that to keep doing significant investigative reporting we have to undertake a major effort to raise additional funds for the time-intensive and costly work of enterprise journalism. The generosity of the Haglers and new support from the Ford Foundation is an expression of optimism about the future of the series and the kind of journalism we practice, and need to keep expanding.”

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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