WGCU FM wins four more national awards

Public Radio News Directors group honors station for work in 2017
WGCU-FM added more accolades to a winning year on June 23 when it was honored with four national awards from the nonprofit Public Radio News Directors Inc.
WGCU won first place in the nation in Division B, for stations with four to seven full-time employees, in the following categories:
• Breaking News, for “Hurricane Irma Hits Southwest Florida,” by station staff.
• Newscast, “All Things Considered February 6th Newscast,” by Jessica Meszaros.
• News/Public Affairs Program, “Trump’s Immigration Orders Hit Home in Southwest Florida,” by Julie Glenn and Matt Smith.
WGCU won second place for:
• Best Writing, “Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats in Florida,” by Jessica Meszaros.
“This recognition by Public Radio News Directors from all across the country is testament to the hard work and commitment to excellence that our news team displays every day in service to the communities of Southwest Florida,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson.
PRNDI’s contest is the only national one recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.
More than 190 awards were presented at the association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, for categories including Breaking News, Call-in Programs, Documentaries, Interviews, and News Features.
Stations compete in categories based on staff size: Division AA, 16 or more full-time news staff members; Division A, eight to 15 full-time news staff members; Division B, four to seven full-time news staff members; Division C, one to three full-time news staff members.
PRNDI is a nonprofit association representing those responsible for the day-to-day direction, reporting, and editing of local public media newsrooms. That includes, but is not limited to, news directors, broadcast and digital editors, and newsroom managers. The mission of the association is to enhance news and information services and programming throughout public media. In performing its mission, PRNDI also serves reporters, producers, students, educators, trainers, and others in public media journalism.