WDET’s audio and photography storytelling project wins this year’s Local That Works award in New Orleans

WDET Wins the 2019 Local That Works contest for “Framed by WDET”

WDET in Detroit won the 2019 Local That Works contest for “Framed by WDET,” a project that tells stories of the region’s communities through audio and photography. Current, a nonprofit news service presented the award this year in partnership with Greater Public and with co-coordinator Public Media Futures Forums at the Public Radio Super-Regional conference in New Orleans.

The annual Local That Works contest showcases innovative and creative local content produced by public and nonprofit media organizations around the country. From 106 projects submitted for consideration this summer, four finalists were chosen and WDET was judged the winner by public media executives and received $5,000 cash prize.

Since 2014, “Framed by WDET” has featured 10 communities, presenting images and audio stories in art exhibitions and community spaces.


This project and award reflects WDET and Public Media’s commitment and mission to highlight the contributions of local communities and artists, to inform, educate and provide diverse perspectives and opinions to our audience.

“In public media, we commonly cite our responsibility to ensure a healthy democracy. And as local media organizations, it’s also our job to ensure healthy communities,” said Courtney Hurtt, WDET’s associate director of product development and business operations, during her presentation. “And one way to do that is to reflect the lives of the people we’re here to serve. Framed by WDET did this.”


Click here to learn more about “Framed by WDET.”

If you would like to know how your organization can become a corporate supporter of the ongoing projects at WDET, learn more here.