June 15, 2021

WFYI Journalists Earn 14 SPJ Awards For Work In 2020

Dr. Victoria Thomas organized a White Coats for Black Lives march in June to bring awareness to racial disparities in the medical community. - Carter Barrett/Side Effects Public Media

Dr. Victoria Thomas organized a White Coats for Black Lives march in June to bring awareness to racial disparities in the medical community.

Carter Barrett/Side Effects Public Media
Holly Edgell

WFYI Public Media journalists earned more than a dozen awards from the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for their work during the challenging year of 2020. Award-winners, named Tuesday night, were recognized for a wide range of work, including coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism protests.

Reporters, editors and producers for WFYI-TV, WFYI Radio and WFYI's regional public health reporting collaborative Side Effects Public Media were recognized by out-of-state judges selected by SPJ. Contest categories highlighted outstanding coverage across multiple platforms: radio, television, digital and social media. The winners were:

First place:

Second place:

Third place:

The awards program, shown online, featured a tribute to WFYI reporter Jill Ditmire, who died in January at age 56. Ditmire was awarded the Slaymaker Service to Journalism Award.

In addition, two new WFYI Public Media employees earned awards for work they completed before joining the organization. Reporter Dylan Peers McCoy won first place for her education reporting at Chalkbeat Indiana. Digital Editor Lindsey Erdody won first- and second-place honors for her work at the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Watch the entire awards program on YouTube

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