WUSF Wins National Award

TAMPA, Fla. (June 9, 2009) – WUSF Public Broadcasting’s program “The Amendments 2008: A Florida Matters Special Edition” covering the amendments on the November 2008 ballot was recognized with a national award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WUSF and other award-winning stations will be honored with the CPB My Source Community Impact Awards for Engagement at the Public Radio Development and Marketing Conference July 8 in San Diego, Calif.

The coverage included a 60-minute television program, a 30-minute radio program, and online resources, dedicated to helping Floridians make more informed choices during the 2008 election. The programs were produced in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Florida voters faced a ballot with six constitutional amendments, including the definition of marriage, property tax exemptions, and whether to allow local option taxes for community colleges.

“We’re delighted to receive this award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” said WUSF Public Broadcasting General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “There has never been a greater need for a more informed and engaged citizenry.

“Florida Matters addresses critical issues such as the economy, transportation, education, growth management, environment and affordable housing identified by listeners and viewers in our Listening Project Survey – the purpose of the program is to stimulate conversation, to advance the discussion and to provide resources to take action.”

The My Source Community Impact Awards for Engagement were created by CPB to give well-deserved recognition to stations for their commitment and responsiveness to their communities, providing innovative services – on-air, online, and in-person – that have measurable results, according to a CPB press release.

About “Florida Matters”
Florida Matters goes beyond the daily headlines and explores issues that matter to the Tampa Bay community. The program addresses critical issues identified annually by citizens of the Tampa Bay region. Listeners and viewers will hear directly from decision makers, experts and other concerned citizens. The purpose of the program is to stimulate conversation, and to advance the discussion of important issues. Florida Matters programming is available in streaming and podcast formats on WUSF’s website: http://www.wusf.usf.edu/WUSF-FM/Programs/Florida_Matters.cfm.

About WUSF Public Broadcasting
WUSF Public Broadcasting is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Broadcasting serves the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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