The Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages
APPC Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson announces the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages
Brandon Rittiman (left) and Mark Yoder accept the Cronkite/Jackson Prize on behalf of KUSA-TV, Denver, CO
Tom Foreman of CNN accepts the station’s award from APPC Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson
A new addition to the biennial Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Cronkite/Jackson Prize — named for CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite and Brooks Jackson, the founding director of FactCheck.org — is awarded to national and local TV journalists for best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. A jury convened by the Annenberg Public Policy Center selected the winners from a pool of 23 broadcast, 3 national, and 20 local submissions. At an awards ceremony held on April 19 at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., two prizes were awarded — one to local station 9 News KUSA-TV, in Denver, CO, an NBC affiliate owned by the Gannett Company, and one to national network CNN.