RTDNAC/AP Awards winners announced

RTDNAC and AP are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. (View the list.)

Winners were revealed Nov. 7, 2015, at the RTDNAC/AP convention and awards luncheon.

College students: Apply for the RTDNAC scholarship

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) has announced the opening of its 2016 Dr. John R. Bittner College Scholarship Competition.

Each year, RTDNAC awards two $1,500 scholarships, one each to a student in North and South Carolina. (Get details and apply).

North Carolina media partners wanted for Campaign Hound

The Reese News Lab is seeking North Carolina media partners for Campaign Hound, a tool to help journalists follow key politicians throughout the state.

Campaign Hound will enable North Carolina journalists to keep an eye on candidates for governor, U.S. Senator and president, no matter where those politicians go in the state.

The tool will include a database of searchable transcripts of candidates' planned public speeches. In addition, users will be able to set custom keywords, such as "taxes" or "Chapel Hill," to receive email alerts when candidates mention those keywords on the campaign trail.

The Lab plans to partner with media organizations statewide. When a politician goes to a city or town in North Carolina, the local partner media organization will contribute recordings of the politician’s speech. Participating media organizations would be granted free access to the service in return for their help.

“Campaign Hound aims to help journalists and media organizations easily track speeches by officials, such as the governor or the U.S. president, and keep them accountable,” said John Clark, the executive director of the Lab. “We want to help improve transparency and help fellow media organizations.”

Beta testing for Campaign Hound will start in November. The Lab is expected to launch the service in January.

Media organizations interested in becoming partners should take this survey by Oct. 25 or contact John Clark at johnclark@unc.edu or (919) 244-5263.

The Reese News Lab is an experimental media and research project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students brainstorm, test, and develop prototypes for the future of the media industry. Campaign Hound is a sister project to Capitol Hound, which the Lab released as in 2014. The product records audio from the North Carolina General Assembly, and transcripts are sent to North Carolina media organizations and journalists.

For more information on the Lab and its projects, visit the website here.

Congratulations to RTDNAC's 2015 student scholarship recipients!

Congratulations to this year's recipients of RTDNAC's Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarships: Meredith Stutz, of Elon University, and Charles Ringwalt, from the University of South Carolina.

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Free legislative tracking service available for NC broadcasters

Capitol Hound is a free online service from Reese News Lab for North Carolina television and radio newsrooms to help keep track of the political conversation happening in the North Carolina General Assembly. Find out more ...