This past weekend there were some smiling Northwest faces in the other Washington – at the National Press Club, two local television networks picked up best-of awards at the annual Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism competition.
Northwest Cable News of Seattle (NWCN), owned by Belo Corp., won the best cable channel award . Judges cited its “innovative production techniques” and “analysis-heavy coverage… a political junkie’s
dream.” Highlighted was the station’s effort to connect with viewers through Google+, Facebook and Twitter, “exemplifying the power of social media and modern technology to engage viewers in the conversation.”
TVW, the Washington State Public Affairs network, headquarted in Olympia, won in the best local public station category. TVW, one of the oldest public affairs networks in the country, won for “compelling, fair and very visual treatment” of issues affecting the state, with judges singling out examinations of coal and marijuana legalization. “Washington voters are lucky to have TVW as a news source to turn to,” said the judges.
The Cronkite awards are named for journalist and longtime CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. In addition to the Cronkite/Jackson Prize jury (the Jackson prize honors fact-checking in political messages), a panel of nine judges was chaired by Geneva Overholser, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. In 2013 more than 100 entries – a record – were received.
(Full disclosure; the books and authors television show I’m co-host of, “Well Read,” is sponsored and produced by TVW).