MIC student Jason Murphy wins prestigious award for Radio Documentary

Jason Murphy

Mary Immaculate College student Jason Murphy whose RTE Radio 1 Documentary on One – No Time to Lose – was honoured at the Prix Italia International Media awards in Milan recently. Picture: Flavio Lo Scalzo

MIC student Jason Murphy wins prestigious award for Radio Documentary

Congratulations to Mary Immaculate College (MIC) student Jason Murphy whose RTE Radio 1 Documentary on One – No Time to Lose – was honoured at the Prix Italia International Media awards in Milan recently.

The documentary, which was produced by MIC PhD Student Jason Murphy, was the overall winner in the Radio Documentary category and tells the story of Katie Cooke, a woman who has been epileptic since the age of 9 and suffers about 15 seizures every day, as she prepares for the Dublin City Half Marathon over a three-month period. The winning production team included Jason Murphy, Tim Desmond, Mark Dwyer and Documentary on One Series Producer Liam O’Brien.

Speaking about the award Jason Murphy said: “I’m delighted to have won this prestigious award. The program was nine months in the making and is a powerful story of a woman overcoming incredible challenges to face life head-on.”

Continuing he said: “I had great support from my colleagues at Doc on One and also at Mary Immaculate College in the department of Media and Communications where we have a culture of challenging and supporting each other to push for the very best. In particular, I would like to thank Dr Rosemary Day whose knowledge of documentary making and encouragement provided me with the academic framework and belief to go on and win this award.”

Congratulating Jason Murphy on the award Dr Rosemary Day, Head of the Department of Media and Communications Studies at MIC said: “We are so proud of Jason’s achievements, he is a wonderful documentary maker, having won many national and international awards in the past but the Prix Italia really is the Oscar of the global radio world. Well done to Jason who is completing his PhD in Media and Communication Studies here in Mary Immaculate College at the moment.”

This year’s Prix Italia awards drew over 200 entries from more than 40 countries spread across 5 continents, with just 7 awards on offer.

Commenting on this landmark achievement for Documentary on One, Jim Jennings, RTÉ’s Director of Content, said: “It is heartening to see RTÉ content recognised and celebrated on an international stage competing with some of the best broadcasters from around the world. Katie’s story was inspiring and showcases the best of Doc on One which has storytelling and public service broadcasting at the heart of its remit. Congratulations to all the team involved on this huge achievement and their amazing success being selected from the best of 42 countries worldwide.”

According to the judging panel “In Documentary on One: No Time To Lose, we, as a jury, felt very connected to Katie’s story, partly due to the sound design and the elegant structure in the documentary. We get to learn about the character from different angles: from her family to her doctor. The scenes are intimate, lively, realistic, and recorded on location, and this puts the listener straight into the story. The narration is short, fluent and without pathos. Documentary on One: No Time To Lose is a well-crafted documentary that keeps the listeners’ attention from the start to the end.’

Huge congratulations to Jason Murphy on this wonderful achievement.

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