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Radio Mir named best among peers

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.

Camp Butmir - A product from the SFOR Information Campaign Branch (ICB) was awarded top honours at a program held June 7.
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 than himself.
"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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