Word today that the Providence Journal's first-ever documentary movie, COMING HOME, about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has received an Edward R. Murrow Award.
The award, from the national Radio Television Digital News Association, apparently came from a record field of entries. The association wrote on its site today: "This year, RTDNA judges awarded 645 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website.RTDNA received more than 3,500 entries during the 2012 awards season, eclipsing 2011 by more than 500 entries and setting an all-time record for entries in what proved to be one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history."
COMING HOME won in the regional contest: the region covers all of New England. The doc now is automatically entered into the nationwide contest.
Thanks to everyone at The Journal, but especially to the veterans who shared their stories: Rhode Island National Guardsmen John DiRaimo, Sean Judge and Brain Santos, and Army vet Derek Pelletier.