The Columbia College of Journalism introduced yesterday that the PBS science sequence NOVA was the recipient of a 2021 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for its 2020 documentary “Decoding COVID-19.”
NOVA was one among 15 winners of this yr’s awards, offered throughout a particular digital ceremony highlighting excellent reporting within the public curiosity. The hour-long occasion, “The duPont-Columbia Awards: Honoring the Better of Journalism,” premiered on PBS digital platforms final night time at 8:00 p.m. ET. You possibly can watch the ceremony right here.
Written, produced, and directed by Sarah Holt, “Decoding COVID-19” is a scientific investigation into the coronavirus that has triggered a world public well being disaster and turned the world the other way up. Filmed in April and Could of 2020, throughout the early weeks of the pandemic’s affect on the U.S., the one-hour documentary reveals the biology of the tiny pathogen devastating lives from Wuhan, China to New York Metropolis and follows the unprecedented collaboration amongst scientists who have been racing to develop a vaccine.
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award particular visitor Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, stated in “one masterful hour,” the movie explains how the coronavirus infects and impacts the physique, and the way it may be fought with a vaccine. “Decoding COVID-19” additionally presents harrowing, humanizing chronicles from the frontlines, following the well being care suppliers, sufferers, and households battling the illness.
The duPont-Columbia Jurors acknowledged “Decoding COVID-19” for its reporting on the coronavirus epidemic, including, “NOVA mixed beautiful graphics and skilled medical evaluation with transferring human tales on this hour-long primer on the coronavirus, the docs on its frontlines, and researchers within the race for its remedy.”
“We’re honored to be recipients of this yr’s duPont-Columbia Award, notably for our reporting on and throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” stated NOVA Co-Government Producer Julia Cort. “We’re grateful for this great acknowledgement of NOVA’s dedication to offering accessible, vital scientific info to the general public, particularly throughout such unsure occasions—and maybe when it’s most wanted.”
“We’re thrilled to have acquired this prestigious award alongside our extraordinary PBS colleagues at “American Expertise,” “Frontline,” and “Unbiased Lens,” stated NOVA Co-Government Producer, Chris Schmidt. “We’re happy with our position in public media, which continues to be a most-trusted supply for essential reporting to audiences throughout the nation.”