NEFE and RTDNA Honor Outstanding Work in Radio, TV and Digital Media

NEFE and RTDNS Honorees
Hirsh, Cipriano, Parenti and NEFE CEO Ted Beck (left to right)

From Broadcasters

2014 was a remarkable year for journalism exploring personal finance and for the third annual Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards, co-presented by NEFE and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Not only did the competition receive more entries than ever, among them were submissions from titans of journalism, including Bloomberg, the New York Times, and USA Today.

Radio Honoree: Alisa Parenti for Housing on Fire, aired on MarketWatch

Parenti’s story looks at how today’s hot housing market can mean costly bidding wars for buyers, how buyers can face pitfalls with low-cost distressed sales and how home sellers can better connect with potential buyers to get the most for their homes.

“Through this last recession, we’ve really learned that it is important that people become well educated in personal finance to be successful,” Parenti says. “I like to think that we’re helping to empower a whole group of folks to live better lives.”

Television Honoree: Laurie Cipriano for What it Costs You to Use Cash in America, aired on NBC affiliate KUSA in Denver

Cipriano’s story challenges the idea that “cash is king” by looking at the various costs of using cash versus plastic—from missing out on credit card rewards to time spent in ATM lines and limited protection for problem purchases—all with a caveat that cash still is a better option for people who have trouble managing credit.

“It’s really important for us, as journalists, to simplify what can sometimes be very confusing,” Cipriano says. “If you can take an idea or something you think will help others and sim¬plify that in a message that everyone can learn from, I think you’re really serving the public well.”

Digital Honoree: Patrick (Paddy) Hirsch for his ongoing Whiteboard series, produced for Marketplace by American Public Media

The Whiteboard series is a visual sidecar to APM’s Marketplace radio program, using short videos of Hirsch draw¬ing on a whiteboard to distill complex information such as the concept of a yield curve or how large banks earn money.

“Personal finance is often seen as a really boring topic by a lot of people, and a lot of the reason for that is because it can be quite hard to understand,” Hirsch says. “But if we don’t learn to manage our money properly as individuals, then we have all sorts of problems when it comes to managing the economy.”

See the winning stories at rtdna.org/content/nefe_award.

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Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    [email protected]

  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    [email protected]