Burbank, Calif. - June 30, 2014 - KCETLink won the first place award in the television documentary category for its award-winning local news program, SOCAL CONNECTED at the 56th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club.
The winning report, SOCAL CONNECTED: "L.A. EXPERIMENT" details the handling of sexual misconduct of priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The news team gained access to tapes of a 1996 lecture in which a church official discusses the "L.A. Model," an experimental program that placed abusive priests in desk jobs in the Diocese or helped them find employment throughout the city. Karen Foshay, producer; Vince Gonzales, correspondent; Brian Frank, web editor; Lata Pandya, associate producer; and Dan Caston, cameraman.
The L.A. Press Club Awards recognize highest-quality journalism in print, television, and other media in the Southern California region. KCETLink received 13 nominations this year for several specials and its award-winning television and online series, ARTBOUND, DEPARTURES and SOCAL CONNECTED.
KCETLink was also awarded several second and third place awards at the 56th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards, including:
2nd Place - MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE
Juan Devis, Justin Cram, George Villanueva
2nd Place - TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS
"SOTOMAYOR & LONGORIA: A CONVERSATION WITH THE U.S. SUPREME
Caroline Armitage, Angela Boisvert, Andrea Grossman, Mary Mazur, Bohdan Zachary
2nd Place - BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENHANCE AND/OR PROMOTE A STORY
Social Media for ARTBOUND
Melody Soto, Drew Tewksbury, Daniel Medina
3rd Place - FEATURE
Angela Shelley, Laura Ling, Cathy L. Hue, Benjamin Gottlieb, Jack Moody, Rebecca Haggerty, Bret Marcus
3rd Place - ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE
Juan Devis, Joris Debeij, Matthew Crotty, Drew Tewksbury
3rd Place - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Juan Devis, Bruce Dickson, Matthew Crotty, Alex Chu
3rd Place - WEBSITE NEWS ORGANIZATION
Juan Devis, Justin Cram, Yosuke Kitazawa, Alvaro Parra, Rubi Fregoso
KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.