"La Frontera"

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Recipient of the JOINT COMPETITION: TAPB AND TAPME BEST ONLINE PACKAGE award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2018)

KUT Radio, Austin

Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle

Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle

Judge’s Comments:

KUT-FM’s “La Frontera” is a gripping digital story. It focuses on a timely issues that has been at the center of the national conversation the last couple years. What makes this presentation so powerful is that it is intensely focused on the people at the heart of the issue, not politicians far away.

This is told as a true digital narrative with deeply personal vignettes interwoven with selective text guiding the story and supported by powerful imagery.

Julia Reihs shows a diverse skillset in producing this story that shows great compassion for all of those involved, regardless of their position or point of view

“La Frontera” takes a deeply important subject and uses strong digital storytelling techniques to present a compelling and easy to follow narrative.

Aaron Chimbel
Dean of the Jandoli School of Communication
St. Bonaventure University.

Judge’s Bio:

Aaron Chimbel is dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. Prior to joining the St. Bonaventure faculty in August 2018, Chimbel taught journalism at Texas Christian University. His academic writing has been in the Newspaper Research Journal, Convergence Newsletter, MediaShift, Journal of Social Media in Society and Electronic News, among others. He has published two books: “Introduction to Journalism” and “Why I'm a Journalist: Personal Stories from Those Who Cover the News."

Before academia, Chimbel worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth as the “MoJo” or mobile journalist where he earned five Advanced Media Emmy Awards and was part of the WFAA team that received a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Chimbel was also a reporter for KWTX-TV (Waco-Temple-Killeen, Texas) and a producer at Texas Cable News. Chimbel is a graduate of TCU and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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