OUTSTANDING NEWS OPERATION 2018 AP by Rachel published on 2018-08-07T18:35:38Z We ask you to consider WHQR Public Media for the Outstanding News Operation Award. Here’s what we do with two full-time news department employees of WHQR and three part-time graduate fellows, paid by the University of North Carolina Wilmington: • We produce local news five days a week for our morning and evening news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. We produce a twice-weekly, live public affairs show called CoastLine. • We produced an hour-long documentary covering the local drinking water safety issue entitled GenX: A Toxic Year. • We co-produce and participate in live community forums on issues that directly impact local stakeholders. • We offer our listeners extensive coverage of local elections – which, in 2017, included candidate interviews and coverage of local issues across 7 towns and cities – including one very controversial water authority board race. • We post our reporting on a statewide public media exchange site – where North Carolina public radio stations can download and broadcast reports they deem relevant to their audiences. • We maintain a fresh, creative, and engaging online news presence through our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s a strange thing to pile up the work of the last year, look at it, sing one’s own praises, and ask judges to agree. In this case, because the quality of our work rivals that of larger stations, and the commitment to public service and civil discourse is at the heart of each project we undertake, I hope you’ll agree the evidence supports the case for us.