KCET Original Productions and Content Nominated for 54 Southern California Journalism Awards

KCET received a total of 54 nominations for the 62nd annual Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. The tally ranked KCET as earning more nominations than any other local broadcast organization. The organization’s nominations include 23 nods for the 10th season of the acclaimed news documentary series SoCal Connected in categories that include “Talk/Public Affairs Program” (with two nominations), “Activism Journalism in a Broadcast Program” and “Crime Reporting.” Presenting a mix of investigative reporting and richly textured narratives, the program has developed from what was originally a newsmagazine format into a “docu-series” that has built a reputation for its change-making journalism.

Three original KCET series received five nominations apiece, including KCET’s new series Broken Bread,” co-produced by Tastemade and hosted by James Beard Award winning Chef Roy Choi (nominated in the Anchor/Host category), which explores complex social justice issues through organizations and individuals who use food as a platform for activism. Also nominated for five awards was KCET’s historical series Lost LA,” a co-production with the University of Southern California Libraries where host Nathan Masters (also nominated in the Anchor/Host category) explores the region’s hidden past through documents, photos and other rare artifacts from California libraries and archives. The third series to be honored with five nominations was environmental series Earth Focus produced in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation featuring investigative reports and in-depth stories about the changing environment and how it affects people around the world.

Additional recognition went to KCET’s multi-media arts and culture series Artbound,”  the Southern California aerospace miniseries Blue Sky Metropolis from filmmaker Peter Jones and the original documentary Nightshift co-produced by Artifact Nonfiction, with each garnering four nominations.

The 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards will be presented on Saturday, August 29 via a virtual ceremony.

The full list of the 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards nominations for KCET are listed as follows.


ANCHOR / HOST


TALK / PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Single program on news, talk or public affairs


FEATURE DOCUMENTARY – Over 25 Minutes 

  • Artifact Nonfiction and Juan Devis, Justin Cram, Nightshift
  • Peter Jones, Brian Tessier, Juan Devis, Michael Riley and Matthew Crotty, Blue Sky Metropolis
  • Raphael Sbarge, Thomas Cassetta, Rick Pratt, Matthew Crotty and Angela Boisvert, LA Foodways

ACTIVISM JOURNALISM – Broadcast 



PUBLIC SERVICE NEWS OR FEATURE 


CONSUMER NEWS OR FEATURE 

  • KCET, Tastemade and Roy Choi, Broken Bread – “Access

SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM – Broadcast

  • KCET, Tastemade and Roy Choi, Broken Bread – “Waste
  • KCET, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Artifact Nonfiction, Earth Focus – “Dairy Alternatives

GENDER / LGBTQ REPORTING

  • Peter Jones, Brian Tessier, Juan Devis, Michael Riley and Matthew Crotty, Blue Sky Metropolis – “Women in Aerospace

CRIME REPORTING

  • Ben Bergman, Karen Foshay, Andy Viner and Denise Chan, SoCal Connected – “Cannabis Country
  • Karen Foshay, Vince Beiser, Andy Viner and Dennis Nishi, SoCal Connected – “Who Killed Josiah?

INVESTIGATIVE: Reports showing enterprise, initiative, research. Single report or a series

  • Ben Bergman, Michael Bloecher and Tori Edgar, SoCal Connected – “Access Denied

NEWS FEATURE – Over 5 Minutes

  • Karen Foshay, Michael Bloecher, Dennis Nishi and Tori Edgar, SoCal Connected – “The New Normal
  • Gina Pollack, Andy Viner, Denise Chan and Tori Edgar, SoCal Connected – “Life in Plastic

NEWS FEATURE – Under 5 Minutes 



MINORITY / IMMIGRATION REPORTING, TV


NON-ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY PROFILE / INTERVIEW 

  • Matt Bass, Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty, Nathan Masters and Angela Boisvert, Lost LA – “Paul Revere Williams

SPORTS

  • Karen Foshay, Michael Ray and Helki Frantzen, SoCal Connected – “Born to Run

DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Under 25 Minutes 


HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE – Over 5 Minutes 

  • Artifact Nonfiction and Justin Cram, Nightshift
  • Karen Foshay, Vince Beiser, Andy Viner and Dennis Nishi, SoCal Connected – “Who Killed Josiah?
  • Karen Foshay, Michael Ray and Helki Frantzen, SoCal Connected – “Born to Run
  • Gina Pollack, Tori Edgar and Michael Bloecher, SoCal Connected – “Under Pressure

HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE – Under 5 Minutes


LIFESTYLE FEATURE 

  • Artifact Nonfiction and Justin Cram, Nightshift
  • Dignicraft, Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty and Jacqueline Reyno, Artbound – “Día de Los Muertos
  • KCET, Tastemade and Roy Choi, Broken Bread – “Future of Food

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE


ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY PROFILE / INTERVIEW



SCIENCE REPORTING 


TECHNOLOGY REPORTING

  • Peter Jones, Brian Tessier, Juan Devis, Michael Riley and Matthew Crotty, Blue Sky Metropolis – “Space Technology Innovation”

LOCAL POLITICAL / GOVERNMENT REPORTING 


ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING, Broadcasting

  • Ben Bergman, Michael Bloecher and Tori Edgar, SoCal Connected – “Access Denied

PHOTOJOURNALIST / VIDEOGRAPHER

  • Osceola Refetoff, KCET

VIDEOGRAPHER


FEATURE PHOTO

  • Osceola Refetoff, Earth Focus – “Jim, Windle and Maddie standing behind Elks Lodge – Trona, California”

PHOTO ESSAY (Single Topic) – Culture / Entertainment


PHOTO ESSAY (Single Topic) – News / News Feature


ILLUSTRATION 


OBITUARY / IN APPRECIATION – Politics / Business / Arts Personalities 


BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENHANCE and/or COVER A STORY