91.5 KRCC News has been recognized for our reporting with two awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA).
Reporter Abigail Beckman won first place in the "Best Use of Sound" category for her report, "Audio Postcard: The Sounds And Stillness Of Motorless Morning." This report features the voices and sounds Beckman came across during a morning in which Colorado Springs park officials closed Garden of the Gods to motorized traffic for a few hours.
"One is transported to the park through the sounds of nature, the bike, the runners' feet," commented the judge. "Also loved the inclusion of the car sound at the end. The irony is not lost that a story about the quiet of nature has been entered for Best Use of Sound!"
In the "Best Feature" category, Jake Brownell took second place for his story, "Reaching Across the Political Divide At The #MarchForOurLives Demonstration." The piece focuses on two people of differing political persuasions engaged in civil dialogue during the March for Our Lives coordinated national event.
"Proof positive that civil discourse still exists," wrote the judge. "A most enjoyable and refreshing story."
The APTRA contest is open to AP member news organizations throughout the West, including Colorado, California, and Washington. 91.5 KRCC competes against stations ranked 51 and above by Nielsen.