Fox 8 News is proud to announce the station's 7th national award in three years as our "Disappearing Defenses" Documentary was honored with a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary by the Society of Professional Journalists today. It's the third straight year the SPJ has recognized Fox 8 News with a national award for it's reporting.
Anchor John Snell and Photographer Paul Rodgers detailed reporting of the fight to save Louisiana's coastline explored potential solutions and the obstacles to turning back the tide. The reports ranged from general stories focused on the complex engineering and funding issues to a series of stories documenting the loss on two small islands, which nearly vanished during the course of the year.
"I couldn't be more proud of our work to highlight the difficult battle to piece together the shrinking Louisiana coastline," said News Director Mikel Schaefer. "John and Paul have spent countless hours bringing one of the most important stories to our viewers to life and they're most deserving of the national recognition."
The SPJ honor follows last week's announcement of Fox 8 News winning 8 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards including the prestigious Overall Excellence award.
The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet.
Judges chose the winners from over 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2012.
Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.