680 CJOB News has won two awards for outstanding journalism.
At a ceremony tonight in Medicine Hat, Alberta the Prairie Region of the Radio Television Digital News Association recognized 680 CJOB for spot news coverage and feature reporting for large market radio stations. The Prairie Region consists of broadcasters from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The Charlie Edwards Award for best spot news recognized 680 CJOB’s coverage of a shooting last November near the corner of Kenaston and Grant. It was a Friday afternoon and after a high speed chase police surrounded a vehicle on the grass of Kapyong Barracks. Witnesses told 680 CJOB that when the gunmen reached into his breast pocket of his jacket police opened fire.
The Dave Rogers Award for best radio feature recognized a story done by 680 CJOB in March of 2015 that aimed to put a face to the panhandlers at many of the major intersections in Winnipeg. Reporters Matt Carty and Sean Leslie worked on the story.
Both entries are now nominated for national honours against winners from B.C., Central Canada and Atlantic regions. Those awards will be handed out in early June in Toronto.
680 CJOB Program Director and News Director Scott Pettigrew says, “these two awards recognized what we do best. We cover breaking news and take pride in telling powerful original local stories.”
Both entries can be heard below.
Global News Winnipeg also received an award for best long feature — television. Focus Manitoba interviewed a half dozen extraordinarily brave breast cancer survivors who allowed the reporter access for a photo shoot where they bared all — to shed light on how their bodies look post breast cancer.