Alfred I. duPont Awards

Alfred I. duPont Awards The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence in broadcast & digital journalism. Administered by Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, the duPont Awards are one of the most prestigious broadcast awards. www.dupontawards.org
The duPont-Columbia Awards bring the best in broadcast and digital journalism to professional and public attention and honor those who produce it. The duPont Awards engender a collective spirit for the industry and inform the public of the contributions news organizations make to their communities and to the world. The awards program also supports journalism education and hosts events about reporting the news today. Winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards receive gold or silver batons designed by the late American architect Louis I. Kahn.

The duPont Awards honor outstanding journalism in the public service at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Mission: The purpose of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards is to bring the best in broadcast and digital journalism to professional and public attention and to honor those who produce it.

Columbia Journalism School FilmFridays
12/17/2019

Columbia Journalism School FilmFridays

This fall, Film Friday featured two exceptional documentaries: One Child Nation about China's one child policy and Knock Down the House about four outsider women running for congress in 2018. Both have been shortlisted for the Oscars by The Academy!

See the full slate of shortlisted films here: https://oscars.org/oscars/92nd-oscars-shortlists?fbclid=IwAR2q1j9hNli8iuEDGxuGV3GI3E6HdEpCutI62KgR2Dns8UFl7bUTajQCRlc

Also, stay tuned for the next On Assignment podcast coming January 3rd featuring a conversation with One Child Nation director Nanfu Wang.

Congrats to all the 2020 duPont-Columbia Award winners!FRONTLINE | PBS and KARE 11 are both taking home 2 silver batons....
12/16/2019

Congrats to all the 2020 duPont-Columbia Award winners!

FRONTLINE | PBS and KARE 11 are both taking home 2 silver batons. FRONTLINE for "The Facebook Dilemma," an exploration of the rapid growth of Facebook and the globe-spanning challenges the organization presents, and "Documenting Hate," a two-part investigation into far-right hate groups done in cooperation with ProPublica.

KARE 11 won for dedicated reporting on veterans affairs and their feature doc "Love Them First" which takes viewers into the lives of the students and administrators at Lucy Laney Elementary School. #duPont2020

Learn more about all the winners here: http://bit.ly/duPont2020Announcement

This year’s duPont-Columbia Award-winners include three podcasts: Believed from Michigan Radio and NPR about the women w...
12/14/2019

This year’s duPont-Columbia Award-winners include three podcasts: Believed from Michigan Radio and NPR about the women who came forward to testify against Larry Nassar, In the Dark from APM Reports which won for reporting on the Supreme Court's deliberations on the case of Curtis Flowers, and The Rachel Maddow Show’s #Bagman from MSNBC which told the Watergate-era story of former Vice President Spiro Agnew's corruption. #duPont2020

Learn more about all the winners here: http://bit.ly/duPont2020Announcement

12/11/2019
Announcing the 2020 duPont-Columbia Winners

Congratulations to this year's inspiring winners! See Columbia Journalism School's page at http://bit.ly/duPont2020Announcement for more info and the full list. #duPont2020 #ColumbiaJourn

The Rachel Maddow Show “Bag Man”
Michigan Radio “Believed”
APM Reports for In the Dark’s Supreme Court coverage
FRONTLINE | PBS for “The Facebook Dilemma” and “Documenting Hate”
Netflix “The Bleeding Edge”
PBS for “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War”
POV for “The Apology” and “Dark Money”
PBS NewsHour for reporting from inside Yemen
60 Minutes for reporting on family separation at the US/Mexico border
CNN for coverage of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder
KARE 11 for investigating veterans affairs and their original documentary Love Them First
WSOC-TV for coverage of election tampering in North Carolina
7 Eyewitness News WKBW for their investigation into sexual abuse in the Buffalo diocese for their investigation into sexual abuse in the Buffalo diocese

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12/11/2019

Alfred I. duPont Awards's cover photo

Alfred I. duPont Awards's cover photo
12/11/2019

Alfred I. duPont Awards's cover photo

On December 11, the duPont-Columbia Awards will announce the 2020 winners, recognizing the best in audio and video journ...
12/06/2019
The duPont-Columbia Awards Honor Intrepid Investigative Reporting | Columbia News

On December 11, the duPont-Columbia Awards will announce the 2020 winners, recognizing the best in audio and video journalism.

Look back at the work of memorable past honorees like
Christiane Amanpour’s war-zone reports, Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin, Ezra Edelman’s documentary O.J.: Made in America, Ailsa Chang’s reporting on illegal searches in New York City, and Ira Glass’s wins for This American Life. #duPont2020 #WhyduPontReportingMatters

The duPont-Columbia Awards Honor Intrepid Investigative Reporting Past winners discuss the importance of the media, the stories behind their most powerful pieces and how journalists need to reach those who doubt the facts. By Caroline Harting December 05, 2019 The 2018 duPont-Columbia Awards ceremon...

“I am a journalist, and I know that Bill Cosby has denied these allegations and has said again and again that he's not g...
12/06/2019
NBC's Kate Snow on Cosby's Accusers Revisited — On Assignment Podcast

“I am a journalist, and I know that Bill Cosby has denied these allegations and has said again and again that he's not guilty of these charges. So I say that. But as as a woman listening to all these stories, it was very difficult to not be moved, to not feel that it would be an incredible coincidence if all these women had made up the same exact story with the same type of behavior in the same patterns.” — Kate Snow

In our final episode of the decade, we’re taking a look back at a memorable episode: NBC Anchor and Correspondent Kate Snow’s conversation, following her 2017 duPont award for the Dateline NBC report, “The Cosby Accusers Speak.” The special featured 27 of Cosby’s accusers in a group interview and aired almost two years before reporting on accusations against Harvey Weinstein made the #MeToo movement go viral.

“One person hearing the other person tell her story on television had empowered the next person to come forward. And you got a sense, that in the room too, they were finding strength in numbers and power in numbers. ” Revisiting an early #MeToo moment - Kate Snow talks about her 2017 duPont Awar

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12/06/2019

Alfred I. duPont Awards's cover photo

Our duPont Fellows got a rare treat - hanging out with a memorable past duPont winner, Katie Couric,  who won in 2010 fo...
12/05/2019

Our duPont Fellows got a rare treat - hanging out with a memorable past duPont winner, Katie Couric, who won in 2010 for her iconic Sarah Palin interview. We announce the 2020 duPont winners next week on Wed December 11. Check www.duPont.org then! #duPont2020

11/13/2019

Don't miss this inspiring, funny and smart film and get a chance to talk to the director afterwards.

Oyez, oyez, oyez. Our latest #OnAssignment podcast is a look back at last year’s conversation with RBG  directors Julie ...
11/02/2019
On Assignment Podcast

Oyez, oyez, oyez. Our latest #OnAssignment podcast is a look back at last year’s conversation with RBG directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West along with CNN Vice President Amy Entelis. They discuss the power of optimism, the challenges of filming in the Supreme Court, and RBG's workout routine. The conversation was recorded at a Columbia Journalism School screening of RBG as part of the Film Friday Doc Series. http://onassignmentpodcast.com.com/on-assignment-episodes/women-of-rbg-revisited

The On Assignment podcast brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

Oyez, oyez, oyez. Our latest episode of #OnAssignmentPodcast revisits last year’s standout conversation with the team of...
11/01/2019
RBG Revisited: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen with EP Amy Entelis on “RBG” documentary — On Assignment Podcast

Oyez, oyez, oyez. Our latest episode of #OnAssignmentPodcast revisits last year’s standout conversation with the team of RBG - Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, plus CNN VP and Exec Producer Amy Entelis. It went on to win a duPont Award, an #Emmy and an #Oscars nomination. To find out what they’re up to next, check out our podcast:

http://bit.ly/rbg-revisited

A lookback at last year’s Columbia J-School screening of “RBG” by directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West with Executive Producer Amy Entelis, when the Supreme Court justice herself made a surprise visit to the J-School. The filmmakers talk about the power of optimism, the challenging rules for f...

Standing room only crowd at our first of the season Columbia Journalism School Film Fridays screening  -  One Child Nati...
09/22/2019

Standing room only crowd at our first of the season Columbia Journalism School Film Fridays screening - One Child Nation - fascinating conversation with Director Nanfu Wang and Prof Betsy West about both the filmmaking and the policy. Watch here for info about our next film. #CJSFridays

Our latest #OnAssignmentPodcast was our 50th episode! So we celebrated with a real treat - a trip to This American Life'...
09/16/2019
Our 50th Episode featuring Ira Glass — On Assignment Podcast

Our latest #OnAssignmentPodcast was our 50th episode! So we celebrated with a real treat - a trip to This American Life's studios to talk to the legendary Ira Glass.

https://onassignmentpodcast.com/on-assignment-episodes/ep50-iraglass

This American Life Host and Producer Ira Glass has taken home seven duPont silver batons for the radio documentary series since he created it in 1995. In our special 50th episode, find out what goes into the making of one of the most listened to radio shows - one that spawned a generation of podcast

07/03/2019

‪The #duPont2020 submission period has officially closed. Extensions will be granted on a case by case basis - contact [email protected] with requests. ‬

Our latest #OnAssignmentPodcast is up and features a frank conversation between Columbia Journalism School’s Sally W Her...
06/28/2019
WNYC's Kai Wright and Kaari Pitkin on kids caught in the system.

Our latest #OnAssignmentPodcast is up and features a frank conversation between Columbia Journalism School’s Sally W Herships and WNYC's Kai Wright & Kaari Pitkin about their #duPont2019 Award winning podcast #Caught. They talk about the sorry state of #juvenilejustice in New York, gaining trust with young subjects and not making promises in return.

It’s our last episode before the #duPont2020 deadline Monday, July 1 - have a listen while you put together your duPont submission! http://bit.ly/caught-dupontpod

WNYC’s Kai Wright and Kaari Pitkin talk morality and ethics, especially with minors as subjects, for their rare view inside the tangled world of the U.S. juvenile justice system.

06/26/2019
2019 duPont-Columbia winner on his motivation to always do better.

“You have to do better”is the mantra that keeps #dupont2019 winner CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede going during the toughest times in journalism. Check out his emotional moment onstage and the origin story of his credo - it has a twist - and then enter your best reporting for #duPont2020 at www.duPont.org The deadline is coming up July 1!

The latest On Assignment is up! Tune in to hear from CNN International's   Nima Elbagir, #duPont2019 winner for her huma...
05/31/2019
CNN’s Nima Elbagir on risking her life for the stories that must be told, and the challenges of being a female, Muslim journalist of color.

The latest On Assignment is up! Tune in to hear from CNN International's Nima Elbagir, #duPont2019 winner for her human rights abuses reporting. Elbagir has reported fearlessly across Africa: on a modern day slave market in Libya, child labor in Congo and a smuggler’s network in Nigeria. She talks about the tough stuff - the challenges of being a Muslim, female journalist of color, and the lighter moments - how she learned what “Selena Gomez viral” means - because she was! Special guest Columbia Journalism School Class of 2019's Sarah Moawad interviewed Elbagir at Columbia Journalism School and joins us in studio.

Listen in for more, and a reminder to enter for #duPont2020 while we’re open for submissions (until July1): http://bit.ly/nima-dupontpod

CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir has reported fearlessly across Africa. For her 2019 duPont-Columbia award winning work, she and her producer snuck into a modern day slave market in Libya, exposed child labor in Congo and trailed a smuggler’s network in Nigeria to show the w...

The latest #OnAssignmentPodcast is up! Tune in to hear from Alexandra Shiva, director of the 2019 duPont Award Winning d...
05/03/2019
“This is Home” Director Alexandra Shiva on embracing humor and culture clash to tell a different type of refugee story

The latest #OnAssignmentPodcast is up! Tune in to hear from Alexandra Shiva, director of the 2019 duPont Award Winning documentary This is Home, following four Syrian refugee families through their transition to life in the U.S. In this episode, Shiva talks to Prof Betsy West about bridging big-time language and cultural barriers; shoot and editing simultaneously; and making a divisive topic accessible across party lines. Anyone reporting on controversial topics can and learn from Shiva’s approach to this film! Listen in for more:
https://bit.ly/2GyUBv8 #duPont2019

2019 duPont-Columbia winner Alexandra Shiva talks navigating language and cultural barriers to make a humorous and important film about refugees that transcends party lines.

05/01/2019

We are now open for submissions for #duPont2020. Deadline Jul 1. See duPont.org for info and to enter. Watch and be inspired to enter your best work from Jul 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

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04/30/2019

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03/31/2019
Raney Aronson-Rath, our final shout out to Women's History Month

FRONTLINE PBS was our final honoree at this year’s #duPont2019, winning a coveted Gold Baton, the first one awarded in a decade. Cited as both a standard bearer and innovator, the program is led by the inimitable Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, who caps off our #WomensHistoryMonth shout outs. #WomenForTheWin!

03/31/2019

FRONTLINE PBS was our final honoree at this year’s #duPont2019, winning a coveted Gold Baton, the first one awarded in a decade. Cited as both a standard bearer and innovator, the program is led by the inimitable Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, who caps off our #WomensHistoryMonth shout outs. #WomenForTheWin!

Our #WomensHistoryMonth episode of #OnAssignmentPodcast is up, featuring a rollicking AND candid session with Director A...
03/29/2019
“On Her Shoulders” Director Alexandria Bombach on telling survivors’ stories.

Our #WomensHistoryMonth episode of #OnAssignmentPodcast is up, featuring a rollicking AND candid session with Director Alexandria Bombach, whose #OnHerShoulders, produced by RYOT, won a #duPont2019 Award.

The film profiles #Yazidi activist Nadia Murad and asks complex questions about covering survivors:

"There is room for us to be critical of this and to think OK. Did you need to ask that question that many times? Let's like take a step back and, did the story need to go in that direction? How many questions did you ask Nadia about the future of Yazidis or what can be done and how much did you only focus on her rapes?"

https://bit.ly/2CM05l2

In our latest, we catch up with 2019 duPont award winning director Alexandria Bombach about her latest film, “On Her Shoulders.” It’s an achingly beautiful 3-month snapshot of the life of activist and Yazidi genocide survivor, Nadia Murad. But it’s also a call to action for journalists and f...

03/25/2019
LESLEY STAHL ON TODAY'S MEDIA SALAD

CBS News' 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl started her mega-career reporting #Watergate. At Columbia Journalism School's #duPont2019 awards, she told the crowd what’s different today. Hint: It involves media salad with a dash of cayenne pepper.

Listen to her sobering yet rousing words in the final week of #WomensHistoryMonth .

03/22/2019
DUPONT 2019 HOST AILSA CHANG ON INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

For #WomensHistoryMonth we are spotlighting our two talented #duPont2019 hosts. Here NPRs Ailsa Chang, a Columbia Journalism School grad and duPont 2012 winner herself, paints a vivid picture of why investigative reporting is so very very exhausting and hard. And so very very important.

Look at those smiling faces! Director Lynn Novick & Producer Sarah Botstein were the female powerhouses behind the creat...
03/20/2019

Look at those smiling faces! Director Lynn Novick & Producer Sarah Botstein were the female powerhouses behind the creation of the tour de force that is WETA The Vietnam War PBS. Happy #WomensHistoryMonth to both of you!

Not one, not two, not three or even four, but FIVE women up on stage accepting #dupont2019 awards for This is Home, I AM...
03/14/2019

Not one, not two, not three or even four, but FIVE women up on stage accepting #dupont2019 awards for This is Home, I AM EVIDENCE and RBG! That’s what we like to see. Happy #WomensHistoryMonth to the all-women teams out there getting it done.

What better way to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth than with #progress? HBO's #2019duPont winning doc "I AM EVIDENCE" is w...
03/14/2019
Old Rape Kits Finally Got Tested. 64 Attackers Were Convicted.

What better way to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth than with #progress? HBO's #2019duPont winning doc "I AM EVIDENCE" is working to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits. The New York Times reports 64 attackers were convicted after city law enforcement tested their kits. “Having my kit finally tested was a catalyst for hope," said Maisha Sudbeck.

Three years ago, the Manhattan district attorney’s office donated $38 million to clear the backlog of untested rape kits around the country.

For those journalists looking to report on sensitive issues like rape and abuse, but don’t quite know where to start, ou...
03/02/2019
“I Am Evidence” Directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir on the outrage of untested rape kits.

For those journalists looking to report on sensitive issues like rape and abuse, but don’t quite know where to start, our latest episode of #OnAssignmentPodcast is well worth a listen. Hear HBO “I Am Evidence” doc directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir talk to duPont Awards Director Lisa Cohen about the critical lessons they learned while asking sexual violence survivors to share their stories — like doing your homework ahead of time; and asking the right questions the right way. "Help me understand..." started most of them.

"I Am Evidence," produced by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Mariska Hargitay, won a 2019 Alfred I. duPont Awards for its intimate storytelling and investigative reporting, a notable award in the #MeToo era. Since the film premiered last April, twelve states have put forward legislation to count, track and test rape kits.

So be sure to listen. And watch the film on HBOGO or HBO Now. Yeah, we’re not sure the difference either.#duPont2019

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2019 duPont-winning Directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir interviewed 14 eloquent, emotional rape survivors for “I Am Evidence,” but only four women’s stories made it into the film. Tune in to this episode to hear about the painstaking choices they had to make as they navigated finding, s...

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