The University of New Orleans Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies is part of a team that earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. “TriPod: New Orleans at 300” is a three-year-long series airing on WWNO 89.9 FM to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the City of New Orleans. An episode in the series entitled “The Little Company That Could: How a New Orleans Immigrant Created a Global Dried Shrimp Business,” won the Murrow award for best writing. The TriPod series is a production of WWNO in collaboration with the Historic New Orleans Collection and UNO’s Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.
The award-winning TriPod episode is the second of the series and originally aired on October 8, 2015. It tells the story of a Chinese immigrant whose family business helped build a seafood industry in New Orleans. The goal of the series is to take listeners beyond the familiar themes of New Orleans history to focus on the forgotten, neglected or surprising. The series name combines three concepts: tri (for the city's three centuries), pod (for podcast) and tripod, the tool that steadies an image when you capture something.
Awards were announced by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Radio station WWNO, headquartered at UNO’s Earl K. Long Library, earned two additional awards for best continuing coverage and best news series.
The Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies promotes understanding of New Orleans history, politics, culture and public policy issues, particularly civil rights, sponsoring and participating in events that bring together scholars on special topics relating to New Orleans. The center helps direct scholars to research material about New Orleans, serving as an institutional home for scholars who collect and preserve the history of the city, and who circulate their findings in lectures, publications, performances, exhibits and documentaries.