Missouri teachers recognize KRCG 13 for "Stop Bullying Mid-Mo" initiative

The Missouri State Teachers Association recognized KRCG 13 for its Stop Bullying Mid-Mo initiative.

The Missouri State Teachers Association has announced the winners of its annual Media Awards competition. The association's statewide Communication Awards Committee met April 21 in Columbia to judge nominations from around the state. The competition recognizes outstanding coverage of education and education issues by the Missouri media.

KRCG 13 was the sole TV station winner of the awards - being recognized in the "TV series" category for its Stop Bullying Mid-Mo initiative.

"This is further confirmation of the impact we can have on our local community. I am incredibly proud of our team's effort in highlighting this tremendously important community issue," said KRCG 13 News Director Matt Johnson.

"Providing educational information as advocates for our audience is a core of our mission as a news organization. To have the education community recognize that is incredibly humbling."

The station partnered with United Way and launched the initiative Sept. 6, 2017. The Stop Bullying Mid-Mo initiative features three stories every first Thursday of the month, including interviews with agency representatives who deal directly with bullied individuals.

KRCG 13's Meghan Lane, Caileigh Peterson and Megan Sanchez comprised personal stories on how bullying has impacted their lives in a special broadcast. They then followed the broadcast with a Facebook Live discussion and answered questions with viewers for nearly an hour.

In April, the National Association of Broadcasters named KRCG 13 a finalist for its national service awards.

For more information on how to help stop bullying, click the link for dozens of stories and resources on how to find help.

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