Michigan Radio wins national Clarion Award
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the documentary "Foreclosing on the American Dream". The documentary, which originally aired in July 2008, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best One Time Documentary.
"Foreclosing on the American Dream," which was narrated by Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Christina Shockley, took an in-depth look at the causes and effects surrounding Michigan's high foreclosure rate. Why has Michigan been hit so hard? What is this doing to our neighborhoods? What are the solutions? Michigan Radio's reporters and hosts explored these questions through in-depth reports and interviews. You can listen to the documentary here: http://www.michiganradio.org/foreclosing.
Since 1972, the Clarion Awards have honored excellence in more than 100 categories across all areas of communications, including advertising & marketing, magazines, newspapers, online media, photography, public relations, radio and television. This year's competition drew nearly 500 entries, and Michigan Radio was one of 97 winners that will be recognized at the 2009 AWC National Conference in Seattle, WA, on October 17. Winners in other radio categories included public radio programs The Splendid Table (heard on Michigan Radio 2-3 pm Sundays) and The World (heard on Michigan Radio 7-8 pm, weekdays).
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