Netflix’s Virunga wins duPont-Columbia award

"Ten years ago, who even knew what streaming was?" says jury chair of the New York university's awards program that recognizes the best in journalism.
December 18, 2014

Orlando von Einsiedel’s film on an endangered African park, Virunga, is among the 14 winners of the 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

The awards – established in 1942 – are distributed by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and recognize the best in broadcast, digital and documentary reporting.

“The categories change. The technologies change. Ten years ago, who even knew what streaming was? Today a streaming service has won a duPont,” said Richard Wald, duPont jury chair and the Fred W. Friendly professor of media and society at Columbia Journalism School, in a statement.

“But the jury was impressed that the essentials remain: tell a good story in the service of truth; tell something interesting and important; tell something that makes us wiser and better informed,” he added. “Valuable journalism is alive and well.”

The duPont awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 20, and is to be hosted by NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden and NPR journalist Michel Martin.

The full list of duPont winners is available here.

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