CUNY-TV’s Independent Sources Produced by Prof. Linda Prout Wins Three Communicator Awards
Independent Sources, the television news magazine on ethnic and community issues produced by Linda Prout, head of the CUNY J-School’s broadcast program, has won three 2012 Communicator Awards from the International Academy of Visual Arts.
The show garnered an Award of Excellence for “Lengthening Food Lines,” a segment exploring the impact of budget cuts on food pantries and the New Yorkers they serve. It also won two Awards of Distinction. One went to “Gun Talk”, a segment on New York neighborhoods where the incidence of gun violence continues to increase while rates decrease in the City overall. The other award went to “Up Newtown Creek”, a report on a three-million gallon oil spill that occurred off the coast of Greenpoint, Brooklyn more than half a century ago and efforts to finally clean it up.
Prout is the creator and senior producer of Independent Sources. The weekly program provides a forum for journalists from ethnic and immigrant media, as well as original reporting on issues affecting these communities. Co-hosted by Garry Pierre-Pierre, who heads the community and ethnic media initiative at the CUNY J-School, and Vianora Vinca, it airs on CUNY-TV, Channel 75.
The Communicator Awards honor media work that “transcends innovation and craft” and “has made a lasting impact”. Members of the International Academy of Visual Arts are media and communication professionals from around the world.