“Revisionaries,” “Birmingham” win duPont-Columbia Awards

Scott Thurman's The Revisionaries (pictured) and Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday's The Barber of Birmingham are among the feature docs to win Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards this year.
December 20, 2013

Scott Thurman’s The Revisionaries (pictured) and Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s The Barber of Birmingham are among the feature docs to win Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards this year.

The films were among 14 overall winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, announced this week by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The Revisionaries, from Naked Edge Films and director Thurman, explores how the culture wars are being fought in America today through the inner workings of the Texas Board of Education; while The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, which aired on PBS’s ‘POV’ strand, looks at the civil rights movement.

Elsewhere, ESPN won its first duPont Award, picking up a silver baton for investigative reporting for a series of reports from ‘Outside the Lines,’ called Youth Football Concerns, which uncovered serious problems with youth football leagues including corruption and illegal gambling.

The full list of duPont winners is available here.

“These journalists set standards for the profession with accomplishment and insight,” said Richard Wald, duPont jury chair and the Fred W. Friendly professor of media and society at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“This was a year of extraordinary and difficult breaking news stories for all journalism organizations. Their response was impressive. The jury honors them and outstanding examples of investigative reporting, analysis, context and understanding that served both local and national communities in ways that make us proud.”

George Stephanopolous, the anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America and This Week with George Stephanopolous; and Michel Martin, the host of NPR’s one-hour daily news and talk show Tell Me More, will host the duPont Awards ceremony on January 21, 2014, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.