CBC Calgary flood coverage wins multiple awards

CBC Calgary picked up multiple awards Saturday night for coverage of the June 2013 flood as well as for sporting coverage and use of sound.

Web team, Calgary Eyeopener walk away with RTDNA, AMPIA awards for best coverage

The CBC Calgary newsroom had to evacuate during the flood because it is located across from the Bow River. The work by the online and radio teams during the flood, and for several other instances of outstanding journalism, won multiple awards Saturday night. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The teams behind CBC Calgary are celebrating after walking away with five awards from two gala events Saturday night, several of which were for coverage of the June 2013 floods.

CBC Calgary's online team won an AMPIA (Alberta Media Production Industries Association) award for best cross platform or trans-media project for their work reporting on last year's flood.

The team also won an RTDNA (Radio and Television Digital News Association) digital media award for its coverage.

The Calgary Eyeopener won the Gord Sinclair Award for live special event for its flood show.

Both teams had to scramble after the flood forced everyone out of the CBC Calgary newsroom, which is located across from the Bow River, on the evening of June 20.

That evacuation meant the loss of the TV studio and radio facilities, forcing staff to work overnight to set up a temporary shop at SAIT so the station would be ready to report the news to Calgarians who woke up to flooding.

But it wasn't only the teams' flood coverage that earned them awards last night: 

CBC Calgary also won in the RTDNA sports award in the radio category for In the Moment — Megan Imrie where a biathlete talks about her thoughts during Olympic competition.

As well CBC Calgary won the Dick Smyth Award for use of sound in Goose Attack!, which is a personal account of man versus nature.


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