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RUSK CENTER AND WUGA WIN TWO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR RADIO SERIES

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Wednesday, June 23, 1999

WRITER: Matt Haney, (706) 542-5172

CONTACT: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172, pharr@jd.lawsch.uga.edu

RUSK CENTER AND WUGA WIN TWO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR RADIO SERIES

ATHENS, Ga. -- The kudos keep coming for the acclaimed National Public Radio series produced by the University of Georgia's Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education's WUGA-FM. "The Individual in a Global Society" won two honors from The New York Festivals for Radio Programming & Promotion and Radio Advertising at its annual international awards ceremony last week in New York City.

The series won the Bronze WorldMedal for Business/Consumer Issues programming and earned a Finalist certificate for Best Sound. A total of nearly 1,300 entries from 31 countries were considered. The Rusk Center and WUGA-FM claimed two other honors for the series this spring: a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a Silver Gavel Award from the State Bar of Georgia.

"Our selection as New York Radio Festival finalists in both the information category and the best sound category indicates we accomplished what we intended from the start -- to combine in-depth perspectives on international law with the highest radio production standards," said Rusk Center Research Director Dorinda Dallmeyer, who served as executive producer and co-writer of the series. "To stand alongside other medalists such as the BBC World Service and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is extremely gratifying."

The series, cosponsored by the Rusk Center and the American Society of International Law with funding from the Ford Foundation, premiered on WUGA-FM last May and was broadcast on NPR affiliates across the country. The one-hour segments addressed the individual's role in global governance, the global economy, human rights and the environment. Interviews with international legal experts and residents around the world were featured. A companion website at http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/~radio/ continues to offer transcripts and audio replays of each program, all the documents mentioned in the series, references to guide further research, and other websites related to the program.

David Bryant of WUGA-FM served as editor and co-writer, and John Hawkins of WUGA-FM served as assistant editor. The series was hosted by Deborah Potter, former correspondent for CNN and CBS and host of the PBS series "In the Prime."

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