CNN was a double winner at the 2013 Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) awards ceremony in London Wednesday night.
CNN's coverage of the anti-government protests in Turkey won in the "Live Journalism – TV" category, with the judges praising the "great live, on-the-ground reporting in challenging circumstances."
CNN also won in the "Short Feature" category for Damascus Undercover: Daraya, with the judges commenting that CNN's "insightful reporting made this a moving and gripping report." You can watch a portion of this undercover reporting here.
Click here for a full list of winners.
CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) reports exclusively on a route in southern Turkey where would-be jihadists are being smuggled into Syria. He travels the route with a smuggler who says many recruits – who ultimately join the Syrian al Qaeda-linked radical group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - find crossing into Syria a religious experience.
"When they get to the fence, they kneel and cry, they weep, like they've just met something more precious to them than their own family. They believe this land, Syria, is where God's judgment will come to pass."
CNN Worldwide was awarded with three Emmy Awards at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse recognitions of its journalism include:
Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form
Election Night in America
Seven CNN control rooms in three separate cities with hundreds of staffers worked together to tell the story of the election in a blockbuster broadcast symphony. In addition to getting the votes first, CNN also got the analysis right, with John King at the "Magic Wall" to put reporting expertise on display with a visual tool that out each precinct's fight in geographic and political perspective.
Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis
Anderson Cooper 360 – Kids On Race: The Hidden Picture
Race is one of the most explosive issues in America, and for many adults the most taboo to talk about. But simply not talking about it does not solve any of the issues and that is what the project aimed to do - get kids and their parents to talk about race and to look to this younger generation to see how far we've really come.
Nick Paton Walsh: Reports from Syria and Afghanistan
Nick Paton Walsh's poetic writing contrasts with the sobering environments from which his stories are usually drawn. His reports punch through the daily accounts of wounded and dead, and give us a fresh way to see the grinding pitilessness of war, and its quirky inconsistencies.
In addition to these News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was awarded with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmys in a ceremony in Los Angeles last month.
Today the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized CNN with six National Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievement in the following categories:
CNN's Reporting from Inside Syria
Reporting: Hard News (Radio)
When Police Shoot
Reporting: Hard News (TV)
Nick Paton Walsh's Reporting from Inside Syria
Use of Sound/Video
Saturday Night Fever's Brooklyn Legacy
Sandy: Memories of the Jersey Shore
View the entire list of winners here.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev, the mother of the Boston bombing suspects, tells CNN's Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) she's not sure what to think of the attack that left three people dead last week.
“I saw a very, very interesting video last night that they – the marathon was something like a really big play," says Tsarnaev. "There is like, paint instead of blood, like it is made-up something.”
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) tracks down Pateimat Suleimanova, an aunt of Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in Dagestan.
Here she discusses Anzor Tsarnaev's reaction to seeing his sons on television, as well as her reaction to Tamerlan adopting Islam.
"It's strange to me that it was him [Tamerlan] who adopted Islam – not his father, not his mother, but himself. They hadn't prayed before they went to America. Nobody taught him – he learned everything himself."
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh briefly engages with the father of the Tsarnaev brothers as he was driving away from his home in Dageston.
Today CNN was honored with a 72nd Annual George Foster Peabody Award for its coverage inside Syria and Homs in 2012. Recognizing excellence and meritorious work in journalism, the Peabodys described CNN's coverage of Syria as "thorough, voluminous and well-contextualized."
From the George Foster Peabody Awards:
CNN’s Coverage Inside Syria & Homs 2012 (CNN)
As political unrest in Syria disintegrated in civil war, CNN’s news teams provided unmatched eyewitness documentation, analysis and context.
CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh reports live from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees are facing freezing temperatures, flooding and harsh wind.
For an in-depth look at CNN's coverage of the refugee crisis caused by Syria's ongoing civil war, go here.
London, 21st November 2012: Last night, the combined efforts of CNN Digital and CNN International saw the network triumph at the Foreign Press Association Media Awards, winning three categories. CNN won the Print & Web Feature, Arts & Culture, and Story of the Year by a Full Member of the FPA awards.
The CNN documentary World’s Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project won News Story of the Year by a full FPA member. The judges described the documentary as “absolute dynamite, a terrific story and a fine piece of journalism".
The Arts & Culture award was given to Leonardo – The Lost Painting, a documentary that explored the story behind the recent discovery of a Leonardo da Vinci painting. Judges praised the “love and lingering interest” that had gone into the piece, describing it as “a very well done cultural story”.
The Print & Web Feature award was clinched by Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stand – a CNN Digital feature that revealed the shocking extent of slavery in modern Mauritania. The judges remarked that the piece was “in some ways the most convincing and best edited of all the categories". FULL POST