OPB honored with regional and international awards for excellence in journalism and digital video

OPB journalists and video producers recently received the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards and the Telly Awards for their original local reporting and digital video work.

With a newsroom and content team that spans the region from southern Washington to southern Oregon, OPB’s team of reporters and producers deliver factual, in-depth news and stories about politics, environment, science, arts, history and cultures; business, education and more – offering digital, radio and television content.

SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition 2021

The SPJ recognized several OPB journalists for its 2021 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards in a wide range of categories in the “Large Newsroom” division.

The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories spanning print/online, audio, television, and more. The contest is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and honors journalists from SPJ Region 10, which covers Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The work of OPB winners includes news reporting, social equity reporting, arts and culture reporting, and investigative reporting – in audio, video, photography and writing.

OPB SPJ awards include:

Audio: Feature, Soft News

First Place: “Soul Wall to Wall: The Bittersweet Black Music History of a Portland Neighborhood Explored” (Jerad Walker)

Second Place: “Symbols of white supremacy take on the Redmond teenager” (Emily Cureton Cook)

Audio: Social Equity Reports

Runner Up: “Portland’s Cully neighborhood finds allies in the fight for clean air” (Monica Samayoa)

Video: Feature, Soft News

First place: “Najiah Knight” (Jule Gilfillan, Todd Sonflieth)

Photo & Design: photographic essay

Second place (tie): “In OHSU’s fight to save the region’s sickest COVID-19 patients” (Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Writing: reporting on arts and culture

First Place: “Soul Wall to Wall: The Bittersweet Black Music History of a Portland Neighborhood Explored” (Jerad Walker)

Second place (tie): “A celebration of Oregon’s diversity debuts at Portland International Airport” (Steven Tonthat)

Writing: latest news

First Place: “Oregon’s Only GOP Congressman Challenges Electoral College Count” (Emily Cureton Cook)

Writing: government reports and policies

Runner Up: “A Culture of Fear: The Portland Civic Life Office Is Not So Civil” (Rebecca Ellis)

TV Awards 2022

OPB’s digital food series “Superabundant” has been shortlisted for a silver Telly Award. The awards represent the world’s highest honor for video and television content across all screens.

“Superabundant” is an engaging exploratory video series dedicated to the stories behind the foods we love. Each episode features a local ingredient and seeks to understand the history of regional food systems. The series blends natural history, flavor science, and profiles of the people who grow, harvest, process, and protect these foods.

Telly Award winners are selected for recognition based on excellence in branded content, advertising and marketing; immersive and mixed reality, excluding broadcast, series/shows/segments and social video.

Along with the series itself, the OPB producers and editors working on “Superabundant” were recognized for their work in cinematography, motion graphics and design:

Money winner: Online Series – Food and Drink (“Superabundant: Season 1”)

Gold Winner: Craft / Online — Cinematography (Stephani Gordon, Editor/Senior Camera Operator)

Gold Winner: Craft / Online — Motion Graphics / Design (MacGregor Campbell, Senior Visual Producer)

Gold Winner: Craft / Online — Voiceover (Crystal Ligori, Producer/Newscaster)

In its 43rd year, the Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor commercials made for cable and local television, and has continually updated its categories to honor the wide range of evolving work, including branded content, social video and animation.

This year’s Telly Awards received more than 11,000 nominations from all 50 states and five continents. Nominees are judged by the Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body made up of more than 200 leading experts, including advertising agencies, production companies and major television networks, reflecting the industry of multi-screen and including frames.

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