Prairie Public reporter honored with first place award for story on Officer Moszer

Fargo, N.D., April 24, 2017 — Prairie Public reporter Danielle Webster has been honored with a first place Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalist Association (MBJA) for her radio report titled “Officer Jason Moszer remembered in Fargo.”

Webster’s story featured quotes and sound clips from Officer Jason Moszer’s funeral in February 2016. Webster explained her decision to create a sound piece with no added narration:

“By the time his memorial service came, there was so much noise in the media about that story,” she said. “I just felt like I personally couldn’t write or say anything that hadn’t already been said, and that’s why I produced the sound piece — it was an opportunity to pay my own tribute to the fallen officer, as well as allow the speakers and performers at his service speak for themselves.”

For the award, Webster competed against reporters in much larger markets – Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO, and other larger stations around the Midwest.

“It’s always an honor to be awarded at MBJA — of course we are included in the large market categories because of our large listening area, but we do not have a large staff,” Webster said. “Any time any one of us brings home some hardware, it’s a big deal!”

Webster’s award-winning story is available here:

The Eric Sevareid Awards are named for the North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best known for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television. Each year, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presents awards to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in small, medium and large markets in our six-state region on radio, television and online.  A distinguished panel of judges is made up of journalists and educators who live outside of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska to help ensure impartiality.

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