May 02, 2010

Navajo student wins Murrow Award

Cronkite student wins Edward R. Murrow AwardAn Arizona State University journalism student has won an Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the most prestigious honors in professional broadcast journalism.

Colton Shone, 21, a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, won the Murrow Award for a story he reported and produced for KTAR-FM in Phoenix. The winning story, a Halloween feature on a haunted maze in Glendale, won in the “Use of Sound” category for large market radio stations in Region 3, which covers Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
And:Next week he is submitting a TV documentary he produced for his Barrett Honors College thesis on Native Americans in newsrooms and coverage of Native American issues.

Shone, who is Navajo, said the underrepresentation of Native American journalists leads to a lack of coverage of issues important to those communities. He has traveled around the state to talk with Native American students and with the few Native American television journalists.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Journalism:  To Tell the Truth.

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