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‘Distracted Delegates’ Video Wins Awards

February 17, 2010

Tracy Kennedy’s video of ‘Distracted Delegates’ won first place in the Multimedia Competition of the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program in May 2009. Tracy beat out 78 entrants from 47 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation, the foundation said in announcing the awards.



Tracy’s video has been featured on The Washington Post’s Virginia Politics blog and WTVR, Richmond’s CBS affiliate; Style Weekly gave it a +3 in the city’s zeitgeist.

Some legislators say the video was unfair: that they were on a break when they were caught surfing the Web (Tracy says that’s not true, and the House minutes for Feb. 25 don’t indicate a recess). What’s your take?

Tracy’s video also won second place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2009 Mark of Excellence competition for Region 2. (This region includes colleges and universities throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware and the District of Columbia.)

The video had been entered in the Television General News Reporting category. The winners were announced on March 29, 2010, at the Region 2 SPJ Spring Conference held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.