2022-23 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

124b Travel Audio-Podcasts and Guides ( Travel Audio-Podcasts and Guides,Travel Audio-Radio,Travel Magazines,Travel Coverage in General Magazines,Newspapers) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Marriott Bonvoy Traveler
    Entry Title: About the Journey - Vancouver, B.C.: Explore Canada’s Largest Chinatown
    Entry Credit: Oneika Raymond, Jess Moss, Robin Bennefield
    Judge Comment: This beautiful glimpse of Vancouver’s Chinatown masterfully mixes natural sound with narration and history with memories to create the feeling of your being there. The structure captures listeners’ attention from the opening seconds and keeps them engaged as it explores Chinatown’s rich history and the efforts to preserve it. This entry does a spectacular job at not only informing but also involving the listeners.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Rowan Jacobsen
    Entry Title: Wild Chocolate
    Entry Credit: Rowan Jacobsen
    Judge Comment: A story about chocolate centers around people. It turns its sources into compelling characters, and the storytelling is enhanced by excellent audio mixing that pays careful attention to its many layers of sound. The sounds of the environment paired with descriptive language of history from characters along the way walk listeners through Bolivia, step by step, teaching them about wild chocolate.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Afar
    Entry Title: Travel Tales: West Coast Train Travel
    Entry Credit: Chris Colin, Aislyn Greene
    Judge Comment: A father and daughter narrating duo use the scenery of a train trip down the West Coast of the U. S. as the backdrop for stories and personal accounts filled with history. The entry does an excellent job balancing voiceovers with naturally collected sounds from the train and the passengers. The opening soundbite sets the stage: Just as the speaker says she meets all kinds of people on the trip, so too does the audience as the episode progresses. The charismatic narration and vivid detail allow listeners to imagine themselves on the train.
  • Place Name: Honorable Mention
    Contestant Name: Tonya Fitzpatrick
    Entry Title: Remembering Emmett Till
    Entry Credit: Tonya Fitzpatrick, Ian Fitzpatrick
    Judge Comment: This audio story walks us through an exhibit about Emmett Till at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Step by step, it paints a fuller picture of who Emmett Till, a Black teenager, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, were. This includes his trip to Mississippi and his murder in 1955, the trial and the effect his life and death had on the Civil Rights Movement. Packed with history and details of Emmett’s life and personality, this entry serves as a personal docent to bring the exhibit to life through sound. Note: The exhibit travels to other museums into November 2023.