Columbia announces annual duPont broadcast prizes

DECEMBER 22, 2010, 2:22 P.M. ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK — A newspaper that put together a multimedia project on gambling addiction is among the winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast journalism, the first time a multimedia project from a print-based organization has won one of the prestigious awards.

Other winners for the 2011 prizes announced Wednesday by Columbia University include radio and television powerhouses including ABC News, CBS News and National Public Radio. A number of the winners were cited for investigative work.

“Despite the economic challenges and rapid changes facing the news industry, this year’s powerful and innovative winners show that broadcast news continues to have an important and vital place in people’s lives and in society at large,” said Ann Cooper, outgoing chairwoman of the awards jury and director of the broadcast program at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas” from the Las Vegas Sun was “a compelling and informative look at the human toll of compulsive gambling as well as the brain behavior and science of the gambling industry,” jurors said.

The project included a video diary, a live internet chat about gambling addiction, and an interactive component about slot machines along with text stories.

It was one of 13 winners in the annual prizes, which recognize overall excellence in broadcast journalism and were established in 1942 by the late Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, and are administered by Columbia. The school also administers the Pulitzer Prizes. The awards cover the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

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