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JNI podcast ‘Journo’ receives New York Festivals Radio Award

The Judith Neilson Institute’s podcast Journo has received a Bronze Award in the News Podcast category at the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Journo, which is produced by Deadset Studios, explores how news is made, how it’s used and abused, and how it can be made more reliable and trustworthy for its audiences.

JNI’s Director of Education Andrea Ho, Journo‘s Commissioning Editor, said she was “absolutely blown away” by the recognition of Journo at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

“Journo has been an exciting collaboration with Kellie Riordan and Deadset Studios and correspondent Nick Bryant, and for the first season to receive this award is beyond our expectations,” she said.

“JNI works to celebrate and support quality journalism, and Journo embodies this goal — arguably the world has not had a greater need for strong journalism in decades.

“JNI is humbled to be recognised alongside KUT Austin and CBS News Radio.

“I’m delighted to say Journo season 2 is currently in production with new episodes coming shortly.”

KUT Austin won the Gold Award in the News Podcast category for its work, The Disconnect: Power, politics and the Texas Blackout. The Silver Award went to CBS News Radio’s Intelligence Matters.

JNI and Deadset Studios submitted three episodes from the first series for judging: The Troublemaker and the Terrier, The Story-breaker — the remarkable rise of Jonathan Swan, and Who’s really listening — Reporting when your phone is the enemy.

In its first series, Journo examined the challenges facing journalists after the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, how reporters can get reliable news out of China when foreign correspondents are being ejected, whether journalists can trust their phones, the difficulties of running local and independent news organisations, reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic, and why political reporters have made crucial errors in recent elections.

The series also featured in-depth interviews with US journalist, author and educator Steve Coll, and US-based Australian journalist Jonathan Swan, who achieved global recognition for his interviews with US president Donald Trump.