Cal State Northridge’s acclaimed public radio station, KCSN-FM 88.5, continues to receive recognition for excellence in news reporting with two new Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The regional awards—best newscast and hard news feature—were given to the station and its staff by the Radio and Television News Directors Association for work done during 2008. Counting the most recent honors, the number of Edward R. Murrow regional awards won to date by KCSN’s news department—which consists of one staff member, news director Keith Goldstein, and a team of journalism students—totals 29.
The best newscast award was for the station’s Sept. 18, 2008, broadcast of the 30-minute news program “The Evening Update.” That show included stories on the percentage of California homeowners who have earthquake insurance, the percentage of Los Angeles Unified School District 10th graders who passed the English-language section of the state exit exam, food banks getting fewer donations, Los Angeles County receiving a federal grant to better prepare for terrorist attacks, improving runway safety at airports, proposals to lower the drinking age and enrollment at community colleges.
Journalism graduate student Kenya Young won a best hard news feature award for her in-depth story on the home foreclosure crisis.
The Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism since 1971. The RTNDA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. The organization represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
KCSN-FM 88.5 is a non-profit, member-supported public radio station broadcasting live from the campus of California State University, Northridge. Since 1987, the station’s news division has won more than 400 awards in national, state and regional competitions against professional broadcasters and other university students. KCSN was recognized by Los Angeles magazine as one of the area’s best university-sponsored public radio stations. The station, billed as “Arts and Roots Radio,” is also one of the last to include classical music in its playlist.
To learn more about KCSN-FN 88.5, go to the Web site www.kcsn.org.