Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television and Digital News Association (RTDNA).
The Region 4 awards, for feature reporting and continuing coverage, are in the Small Digital News Organization category, defined as fewer than 5 million unique visitors per month. The region includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
NNS won the feature reporting award for “Last Call: Milwaukee’s South Side Taverns,” a two-part series by Edgar Mendez, detailing the closure of many old-time bars and the end of the blue-collar way of life they represented.
NNS won the continuing coverage award for four stories about lead in Milwaukee’s drinking water by Jabril Faraj. The stories highlight the health risk — particularly to children — of lead service lines, which deliver water from city water mains to about 70,000 homes in Milwaukee.
“Each year RTDNA is proud to honor the very best in broadcast and digital journalism through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and, by extension, highlight to the public why outstanding responsible journalism is essential to their daily lives,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director, in a news release.
Last year, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the hard news category for “A Crime Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Milwaukee,” by Allison Dikanovic.