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CFR Wins Third Emmy for Interactive Crisis Guide Series

October 5, 2012
Council on Foreign Relations

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CFR's "Crisis Guide: Iran" won an Emmy Award in the category of "New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage." CFR was selected above five top media organizations in that category: ABCNews.com, NYTimes.com, NBC, Al Jazeera English, and Globeandmail.com.

This is the third Emmy Award for the series: "Crisis Guide: Darfur" won a News and Documentary award in 2008, and "Crisis Guide: Global Economy" received a Business and Financial Reporting award in 2009. "Crisis Guide: Pakistan" was nominated in 2011 for the "New Approaches to Documentaries" award.

"We are excited about this recognition and proud of the team behind this series. This award underscores the need not only for quality scholarship and analysis, but also for it to be presented in an accessible and engaging way, through the use of the most advanced media technologies," said CFR President Richard N. Haass.

"Crisis Guide: Iran" uses interactive timelines, maps, graphs, and images to trace Iran's history, examine its oil-driven economy, and survey its nuclear program. Its seven chapters include video interviews with more than twenty-five leading analysts, journalists, and Iranian leaders such as Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi. Earlier this year, the Overseas Press Club recognized it for "Best Use of Multimedia" and the Interactive Media Awards named it "Best in Class, Nonprofit."

The guide drew on an extensive staff effort. Jeremy Sherlick, who served as managing producer, and Hagit Bachrach, who was a producer, spearheaded the multimedia project and former CFR staffers Jayshree Bajoria and Roya Wolverson served as lead writers and researchers. Sharing executive producer roles were Michael Moran, who created the series for CFR, and Brian Storm of MediaStorm, a production company that co-produced the series.

The interactive franchise includes: "Crisis Guide: Iran," "Crisis Guide: Pakistan," "Crisis Guide: The Global Economy," "Crisis Guide: Climate Change," "Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," "Crisis Guide: The Korean Peninsula," and "Crisis Guide: Darfur."

Made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, "Crisis Guide: Iran" is available at www.cfr.org/iranguide.

The list of Emmy winners is available at http://www.emmyonline.org/mediacenter/news_33rd_winners.html.

MediaStorm is a production company whose principal aim is to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism, interactivity, animation, audio and video for distribution across multiple media.