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On the afternoon of April 30, 2019, a temporary flood barrier failed, releasing the Mississippi River into Davenport’s downtown. Following the devastation, KWQC launched an all-encompassing campaign to help the community and businesses recover.
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Graham Media Group’s WKMG-TV Orlando, Fla., was nominated for a Service to Community Award in the Television – Large Market category.After WKMG-TV news anchor Matt Austin was hit and seriously injured by a texting driver, the station initiated a relentless multi-faceted, multi-year campaign led by Austin to strengthen Florida’s texting and driving law. WKMG gathered stories from viewers, created partnerships with law enforcement and legislators and confronted those lawmakers who were creating roadblocks to a piece of legislation designed to save lives on Florida’s roadways.
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Two Scripps stations, WKBW, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., and KNXV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, earned excellence in journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
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A new spot by WAVE Louisville, Ky., is taking its advertising message up a notch. The spot not only promotes its creative production and reach to potential advertisers, it also acts a news image spot that sells its news ratings performances as well.
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“The Good Stuff,” billed as stories that inspire, always delivers with stories so uplifting that they often produce a tear or two. And if ever there was a time when local TV news viewers needed a dose of inspiration, it’s now.
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The Care Package Challenge raised $106,776 — enough to provide 9,707 care packages to feed people throughout Northern Indiana.
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“To let the community know that even though we are competitors, during a life-altering event like we are currently experiencing, there is no ‘competition’ between stations more important than our community’s safety and well-being,” wrote Erik Candiani, WWBT’s marketing director.
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WJXT Channel 4, The Local Station and News4Jax.com have launched Food4Frontline, a community-wide effort to help both frontline workers and local restaurants.
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As WGN’s VP, News Jennifer Lyons put it, "We're news from the center, so we're not going to tell the story from any certain perspective. That's going to be what we make sure we do."
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Gray-owned WALB Albany, Ga., found itself at the center of one of the coronavirus’ earliest and unlikeliest hotspots in rural Georgia. Its news coverage is tackling the virus’ ravages on both the community’s health and its fragile, poverty-laden economy.
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WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, held an all-day virtual telethon on Wednesday, April 15, to raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
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WTTV and WXIN, Nexstar’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Indianapolis (DMA 25), hosted a virtual food drive last Friday, April 10, that raised more than $160,000 for local food pantries.
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Some TV stations are helping their local advertisers with deeply discounted or free advertising to keep their clients top of mind in their market.
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Graham Media-owned WDIV in Detroit now has about 90% of its staff working from home, shifting quickly on the advice of its health reporter and a senior producer with a public health background.
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Through on-air broadcasts, Facebook updates, and website stories, local TV news operations are providing a reliable source about all the constant changes that seem to happen every minute.
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Through on-air broadcasts, Facebook updates, and website stories, local TV news operations are providing a reliable source about all the constant changes that seem to happen every minute.
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It is all hands on deck today, and tomorrow, and thereafter, as local reporters keep Nashville viewers up to date.
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Nexstar's Fox affiliate KTXL-TV Sacramento, Calif., said it will launch a locally produced half-hour political affairs show.
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When caucus confusion enveloped the market the next day, the Des Moines stations were all over it.
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WXTV has piggybacked on a major studio overhaul and new hires to reinvent its 11 p.m. newscast, pushing toward deeper dive stories and heftier political coverage. Viewers are responding with a major uptick in ratings.
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