Reynolds School of Journalism receives national award for innovation

Reynolds School of Journalism receives national award for innovation

Online News Association honors school’s bilingual media initiatives

The University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism was awarded yesterday the $50,000 Grand Prize for Innovation in Journalism Education from the Online News Association (ONA). The award recognizes the best implementation of a project previously funded by ONA’s Challenge Fund.

The prize honors Noticiero Móvil, a student-run bilingual media newsroom at the Reynolds School, which the ONA Challenge Fund funded in 2015. The school’s project received another Challenge Fund grant in 2017 for digital reporting on immigration issues.

“We are honored to receive recognition from the Online News Association for our bilingual media initiatives,” Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky said. “ONA’s support, and that of its partner foundations, has been transformative in staking the Reynolds School to a leading role in the bilingual-media arena.”

In addition to producing digital content, Noticiero Móvil partners with KUNR Reno Public Radio to share bilingual content in northern Nevada and California and train the next generation of bilingual journalists.

“Our school and community understand the need for bilingual reporting,” Reynolds School professor and editor of Noticiero Móvil Vanessa Vancour said. “This prize will help us to continue to pave the way nationally as we build our bilingual journalism program.”

For more information about the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism, visit journalism.unr.edu.

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