By Sgt. Kerensa Hardy
First published in
SFOR Informer#116, June 27, 2001
SFOR's Radio Mir was recently awarded top honours
for 2001 by a BiH association of journalists. The award singled
Radio Mir out from more than 100 competitors.
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Campaign Branch (ICB) was awarded top honours at a program held
Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalists' Union named Radio Mir BiH
Radio Station for 2000, beating nominees chosen from an estimated
150 radio stations throughout all of BiH.
A five-member panel of judges with varying backgrounds - university
professors, art directors, cultural secretaries - graded each
of the stations based on journalistic quality of news and interviews,
professional presentation, variety of topics and even-handed reporting.
The three-month process weeded out the eight nominees from all
the competitors through survey and focus groups.
"What that says is that Radio Mir was recognised by its peers
which is a great honour
that your peers say 'among us (Radio
Mir) is the best,'" said American Maj. Ron Braxton, media
section chief. "It also says that ICB is putting out a quality
product and that what they're trying to accomplish is being recognised
outside of SFOR."
The section chief said he believes that the interviews done by
the journalists was what set them apart from their competitors.
"We try to make them interesting as well as relevant,"
Braxton said, citing an interview with US Ambassador to BiH Thomas
Miller. He added that the journalists asked tough, hard-hitting
questions about real concerns. "We ask questions about things
we think people want to know."
While Braxton said he felt honoured that Radio Mir was selected
as the winner, he said the thanks should really go to people other
"I, personally, didn't have very much to do with it. We rotate
in and out of here so much - four to six months at a time,"
he said. "It's my predecessor
and the (civilian journalists)
in radio who earned this award.
"I was proud for them. Maybe next year we can do it again
and I'll have made a contribution to that but that will be for
my successor to benefit from."
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