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Awards Season: Peabodys, Headliners, Christophers

PeabodyIn addition to the Peabody Awards announced today on “CBS This Morning,” the Christopher Awards, which honor media “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit,” were announced. And earlier this week the National Headliner Awards “recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry,” were announced by the Press Club of Atlantic City. Here are some highlights of all three:

  • Peabody Awards: CBS for Charlie Rose‘s interview with Bashar Assad; CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown;” Al Jazeera America for “Faultlines;” PBS won multiple Peabodys and a personal award is going to Tom Brokaw: “the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 2004,” Peabody judges found.

  • National Headliner Awards: CNN and Al Jazeera America will take home several awards in the broadcast category. CNN wins first place awards for coverage of a major news event for Jake Tapper‘s coverage of the Boston bombing, for continuing coverage of a major news event for coverage of Egypt Unrest, and for news magazine program for Gloria Borger‘s “Marriage Warriors: Showdown at the Supreme Court.” AJAM wins multiple first place awards for investigative, business/consumer, environmental and health/science reporting.

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NBC News Digital Pioneer Bert Medley Has Died

BertMedleyBert Medley, who started the “Today” show’s American Story in 1975, and who would later be one of the pioneers of digital media, died last night at the age of 69. Medley and “Today” correspondent Bob Dotson were a team for 9 years. It was Medley’s fascination with evolving broadcast technology that helped lay the groundwork for the digital media we have today.

In 1995 NBC was the first broadcaster to go online and one of the first news organizations to produce original journalism on the internet. The NBC Supernet, as it was called, was absorbed by the partnership between NBC News and Microsoft. Medley then directed news coverage for the new MSNBC.com. It was his final assignment at NBC, where he spent 33 years.

Medley died after a battle with cancer. His funeral service will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan.

NBC News, CBS News and ABC News All Awarded 2012 Murrows

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC News wins the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence, the RTDNA revealed this morning.  Here’s the video NBC News submitted which resulted in the Overall Excellence award.

NBC News also wins a Murrow for Video Newscast for their coverage of the Southern tornadoes last summer. And Bob Dotson‘s American Story wins the  Writing award.

ABC News will take home three Murrow Awards — including Video Breaking News Coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden and Video Continuing Coverage for the Gabrielle Giffords story. Also, David Muir and the “World News” team win the Hard News reporting award for coverage of the famine in Somalia.

CBS News takes the awards for Video Feature Reporting for an Anderson Cooper story on “60 Minutes,” and for Video Investigative Reporting for this Sharyl Attkisson report on the “CBS Evening News.”

CNBC.com takes the award for best network TV website as well as the Video News Documentary award category for “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry.” CNN wins awards for Use of Video and Video News Series.

In all, 67 news organizations are being honored with 99 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards will be presented at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York October 8.

ABC, CNN Take Home SPJ Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” wins the Breaking News award for ABC’s coverage of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. ABC’s Brian Ross wins the Investigative Reporting award for his “Peace Corps: A trust betrayed.” Also, ABCNews.com, in conjunction with The Center for Public Integrity won an Investigative Reporting award for “Green energy: Contracts, connections and the collapse of Solyndra.”

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his team win a Documentary award for “Terror in the dust.” and CNN’s Freedom Project wins a Public Service award. CBS’s Scott Pelley wins for Feature Reporting for his “60 Minutes: Hard times generation.” And NBC’s Bob Dotson wins the Online Column Writing award for his American Story series on msnbc.com.

Judges chose the winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2011. The complete list of winners is here.

‘American Story’ to Become A Book

Bob Dotson‘s long-running “American Story” feature for the “Today” show is being turned into a book. Dotson has been with NBC since 1975 when he joined WKYC in Cleveland. He’s reported from NBC’s Dallas and Atlanta bureaus before moving to New York where his “American Story” features have been a staple of “Today.”

Dotson, who’s won more than 100 awards for his writing, is the author of two books: “Make it Memorable,” for aspiring journalists; and the other a memoir, “In Pursuit of the American Dream.”

“What we know about America mostly comes from journalists who travel in herds, trailing politicians or camped out at big stories, pouncing on problems to repeat over and over,” Dotson says. “This book is for everyone who yearns to feel better about America again.”

Viking Press will publish “American Story with Bob Dotson.”

Gabriel Award Winners Announced

Gabriel-Award.jpgThe Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals has announced its 2010 Gabriel Award winners for “broadcasting and film that uplifts the human spirit”.

Television honorees include:

NBC Nightly News won a Gabriel Award in the News/Informational-National Release category for its ongoing “Making a Difference” series.

• MSNBC’s December 24 “American Story with Bob Dotson” special earned a Certificate of Merit in the Documentary-National Release category.

The Academy is self-described as an association of professionals “involved in Catholic church-related communications and Catholic communicators working in secular organizations”.

Incidentally, earlier this month, NBC News issued an apology to the Catholic League for an incorrect headline related to Pope Benedict XVI.

Scene @ the NAB/RTDNA

MBNAB5.pngAs we cover day two of the NAB/RTDNA conference here in Las Vegas some quick snapshots of what’s going on. NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson discussed how he finds, interviews and assembles his “American Story with Bob Dotson” series for the Today show.

Around the same time as Dotson was speaking, we dropped in to the main ballroom at the Hilton Las Vegas as FCC chairman Julius Genachowski tried to calm the fears of a roomful of skeptical broadcasters about the government’s National Broadband Plan.

And below, a bulletin board — the old fashioned kind — already filled with resumes from hopeful future tvnewsers. There’s another full board nearby. The RTDNA conference attracts not just news managers but students hoping to get on their radar.

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Bob Dotson’s Christmas Eve Special on MSNBC

MSNBC will present a special hour-long “American Story with Bob Dotson” tonight at 8pmET. For more than three decades,
Dotson has been traveling around the U.S.A., on NBC’s dime, finding stories of people who are practically invisible but who’ve made great contributions to their communities. Dotson’s stories regularly appear on the “Today” show. This is the first year a one-hour special has been produced compiling the stories.

Related: Bob Dotson tells other people’s stories for NBC News, but few of those stories are better than his own.

Who Said This?

“They could certainly have me do 100 live shots rather than two or
three stories a month.”

The story after the jump…

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The Ticker: O’Reilly, Alaska, Surface…

> The New York Post’s Cindy Adams describes, in general terms, Bill O’Reilly‘s upcoming book, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity,” from her “embargoed, not for sale, uncopyedited, bound manuscript.” O’Reilly’s “mantra” from the book: “Living well is not the best revenge. Succeeding in your career and humiliating your critics is.”

> The Today show’s Alaskan American Story, reported by Bob Dotson, aired today. TVNewser reported last month about the goal of finding a place reporters, “haven’t found,” and with the Gov. Sarah Palin VP pick, the special report has new meaning.

> CNN has the “Magic Wall,” FNC has the “Bill Board,” and now MSNBC has their own fun piece of technology — the Microsoft Surface. It is the first time the public gets to see the device in use. Click continued to see one of the first reports using the Surface, with Chuck Todd playing the John King/Bill Hemmer role…

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