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Clay Johnson Speaks at Workshop at South Carolina Photography and Video Conference
FLORENCE, SC - Clay Johnson spoke to a group of students about documentary production at Poskito: The South Carolina Photography and Video Conference, which was held at Francis Marion University March 6-8. Johnson, the documentary producer for WRAL-TV, was joined by documentary photographer and editor Jay Jennings. The two screened their documentary "Standards of Living" which examines living conditions for migrant farm workers and talked about how the documentary was produced and documentary production practices in general.

The Poskito conference included a variety of activities, including workshops, exhibitions, and talks and panel discussions by well-known regional, national, and international photographers, video journalists, and professionals and scholars from related fields.
Documentary Produced by Clay Johnson Wins Emmy
NASHVILLE, TN - "Faith, Fear, and Freedom", a documentary Clay Johnson produced and wrote for WRAL-TV was honored with an Emmy at the 28th MidSouth Emmy Awards ceremony on January 25, 2014. The documentary examines the lives of Muslims living in North Carolina. It profiled Muslim families and included interviews with experts on Islam. The program looked at some of the challenges Muslim families face living in a largely Christian society, including prejudice and discrimination fueled largely by the actions of Islamic extremists. The documentary premiered on WRAL-TV in December 2012. It was screened for a live audience the following April by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. A panel discussion with experts on Islam followed the screening at Duke.
Public Screening and Panel Discussion for Documentary Produced by Clay Johnson is held at Duke University
DURHAM - "Faith, Fear and Freedom", a documentary produced for WRAL-TV by Clay Johnson was screened by the Duke Islamic Studies Center on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The documentary, which premiered in December, looks at the lives of Muslims living in North Carolina and the prejudice and discrimination they face which is often fueled by the actions of Islamic extremists. The event was held at Duke's Smith Warehouse.

A panel discussion with experts on Islam followed the screening. Panelists included Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim Chaplain at Duke and associate director for Community & Student Outreach at the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Amna Baloch, a local community member and recent UNC graduate who was active in interfaith collaborations through UNC’s Muslim Student Association; Carl Ernst, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; and David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice for public policy at Duke and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International.

The event was sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, ISLAMiCommentary, the Durham County Library, and WRAL-TV, and made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Co-sponsors include the British Council’s Our Shared Future project, Center for Muslim Life (Duke), Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC-Chapel Hill), DeWitt Wallace Center for MEDIA & DEMOCRACY, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute (Duke), Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke), and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (Duke/UNC/RTI).

Johnson is also a adjunct faculty member at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.
Documentary produced by Clay Johnson wins Emmy Award
NASHVILLE - A documentary produced and directed by Clay Johnson called "6,149 Days" won an Emmy Award at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 27th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday January 26, 2013. "6,149 Days" tells the powerful story of Greg Taylor who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1993 and spent 17 years in prison before being exonerated by the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission. The documentary reveals how Taylor's conviction was the result of a rush to judgement by police, evidence that was withheld from the jury, and misleading testimony by key witnesses. It shows how Taylor was the victim of an adversarial criminal justice system where police are under pressure to close cases and prosecutors are under pressure to win convictions. The hour and a half documentary premiered commercial-free, in prime-time, on WRAL-TV and other Capitol Broadcasting stations. There was an encore presentation on UNC-TV, North Carolina's statewide PBS network on August 21. The documentary can be viewed at:
Documentary produced by Clay Johnson wins 2012 Regioal Edward R. Murrow Award
RALEIGH - A documentary Clay Johnson wrote and produced for WRAL-TV and Capitol Broadcasting Co. has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding News Documentary. The documentary, “On the Edge,” follows the journey of a 19-year old gang member who joins the EDGE program in Durham, NC. EDGE stands for education, development, growth and employment. Its goal is to help students who’ve been kicked out of public schools earn a GED and go to college. The documentary chronicles how EDGE is successfully reducing gang-related crime but is facing elimination due to lack of funding. The documentary also includes interviews and profiles of other gang members and the 72-year-old teacher who runs the EDGE program. It can be viewed at:

Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow set a standard for the broadcast journalism.
Documentary Produced by Clay Johnson Wins Emmy Award
NASHVILLE - "Floyd", a documentary produced and written by Clay Johnson for WRAL-TV received an Emmy in the historical documentary category at the 25th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards Saturday, January 29, 2011. The documentary is a retrospective of the worst natural disaster in North Carolina’s history when flooding from Hurricane Floyd inundated most of the eastern portion of the state. The documentary revisits communities 10 years after the flooding and in interviews with survivors, rescuers and local government officials examines how those areas have recovered since the disaster. The Midsouth is one of 19 chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences which is dedicated to fostering excellence in Television.
Documentaries Produced by Clay Johnson Take First and Second Place in Regional Awards Competition
CHARLOTTE - Two documentaries produced and written by Clay Johnson took first and second place in the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. "The War Within" a documentary about military families in North Carolina struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder took first place in the competition and "America’s Favorite Journey", a documentary on the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway took second place. The awards were presented at the RTDNAC conference in Charlotte October 10, 2010.
Documentary Produced by Clay Johnson Wins National Journalism Award
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Society of Professional Journalists has honored a documentary produced by Clay Johnson with a national Sigma Delta Chi Award. The documentary "Love Child" examines the high rate of pregnancy among African-American teens. It’s part of the "Focal Point" documentary series Johnson produces for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. Judges chose the winners from over 900 entries in 53 categories including print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcasted in 2008. The SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards have recognized outstanding journalism since 1939.The awards were presented at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference, August 27-30, 2009 in Indianapolis.
Documentary Produced by Clay Johnson Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Award
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Radio-Television News Directors Association has awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award to a documentary produced by Clay Johnson. The documentary, called "Love Child", examines the issue of teen pregnancy in the African-American community. Johnson produced the program for WRAL-TV’s Focal Point documentary series.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
Clay Johnson presents at Columbia University Journalism Workshop
NEW YORK CITY -- Clay Johnson joined other duPont Award winners at a workshop on covering issues of diversity at the Columbia University School of Journalism in Manhattan on March 27. Johnson spoke about the production of his duPont Award winning documentary "Standards of Living" which examined the housing conditions for migrant farm workers in North Carolina. He also answered questions from the audience about the challenges of producing documentaries.

The two-day workshop included more than half a dozen panels featuring duPont Award winning journalists. Attendees included journalists from NBC, CBS, ABC and NPR.
Clay Johnson Wins Two Emmy’s for Digital Television Special
NASHVILLE, TN – Clay Johnson earned two Emmy Awards for a half-hour television program and a 30-second public service announcement about the nationwide digital television transition. The half-hour show called “DTV 411” was produced for the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and has been replicated in other states. It was the first program in North Carolina’s history to be broadcast simultaneously on every major commercial television station in the state. The awards were presented in Nashville January 24, 2009. The ceremony was telecast live via satellite. Singer, songwriter and musician Hal Ketchum hosted the telecast.

In “DTV 411” a cynical old curmudgeon and a hip, young, technophile represent analog and digital technology in an entertaining and informative look at the digital revolution and the approaching FCC deadline requiring full-power broadcasters to go all digital on February 17, 2009.

The digital revolution in broadcasting has meant sharper pictures and sound and the ability to multicast several channels in one. Most full-power stations have been broadcasting in both digital and analog for years, but when they stop broadcasting in analog on February 17, 2009, viewers still receiving free, over the air broadcasts with an analog TV and antenna will lose their signal unless they take action. Since many viewers still have questions and concerns about this change, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, wanted a special, statewide television program produced to explain the digital transition and what it means. The program explains digital technology and its benefits. It also shows which viewers are affected by the change and what they need to do to keep receiving their television signal after February 17, 2009. The show can be seen on
Clay Johnson serves as presenter at NC Department of Correction conference
New Bern, NC -- Clay Johnson conducted a workshop on building effective relationships with the news meda for attendees at the NC Department of Correction 2008 Transition and Re-entry Conference April 23 in New Bern, NC. Johnson’s workshop focused on the importance of a good working relationship with the news media, how organizations can get their message out through the media and crisis management techniques when dealing with negative news stories. The conference was attended by professionals with the Department of Correction, law enforcement, the court system and the non-profit sector.
Clay Johnson is guest on Ozark Public Television program on domestic violence
Springfield, MO -- Clay Johnson appeared on a special half-hour television program called "Ozarks Resources on Domestic Violance" on Ozarks Public Television on April 17. The program aired right after a special broadcast of a documentary Johnson produced for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC on domestic violence called "Paper Thin Promise". The documentary won the distinguished Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, which is considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Appearing with Johnson on the program were Darrell Moore, Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County Missouri and Jane Knabb, Director of the Family Violence Center in Springfield. Johnson was in Springfield to participate as a panelist in several workshops at Missouri State University’s fourth annual Public Affairs Conference.
Clay Johnson serves as panelist at Missouri State Public Affairs Conference

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Clay Johnson served as a panelist at Missouri State University’s fourth annual Public Affairs Conference April 15-18. This year’s conference, "Seeking Solutions: Conflict, Violence and the Courage to Change", was designed to to be a platform for ideas in an effort to find solutions to end conflict and violence in our society. Speakers, presenters and panelists from a variety of professions offered a broad range of perspectives. Johnson participated in three panels about the media’s role in affecting public attitudes and public policy. Missouri State University’s PBS-affiliated public television station KOZK-TV broadcast "Paper Thin Promise", a documentary Johnson produced for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC, during the week of the conference. The documentary is about the use of restraining orders in domestic violence cases and won a duPont Award from Columbia University in 2007. The duPont is considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulizter Prize. "Paper Thin Promise" can be seen at  Click on "News", then "Documentaries".
Clay Johnson wins Emmy for documentary on NASCAR

NASHVILLE, TN - Clay Johnson was awarded an Emmy for his documentary "Wheels of Fortune" at the 22nd Annual Midsouth Emmy® Awards at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday, January 26, 2008. "Wheels of Fortune" takes an inside look at the big business of NASCAR in North Carolina. It looks at the economic impact of major race teams, related businesses, the NASCAR tourism industry, and the races themselves. Team owners Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, former drivers Junior Johnson and the late Benny Parsons, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, and a number of industry experts were interviewed for the half-hour documentary. "Wheels of Fortune" can be seen at Click on "News", then "Documentaries".
Clay Johnson appointed to teaching position at Duke University

DURHAM, NC - Clay Johnson has been appointed as an adjunct faculty member and visiting lecturer at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. Johnson will teach a course in Television Journalism in the Fall ’08 semester and the Spring ’09 semester. The course will focus on the principles and practices of television journalism with students learning how to produce and write television news stories and segments. Since its founding in 1971, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy has prepared undergraduates and graduates for leadership roles in government, business and the nonprofit sector.
Clay Johnson serves as panelist at Governor’s Crime Commission conference

SUNSET BEACH, NC - Clay Johnson spoke about working with the media at the Governor’s Crime Commission "Safe Communities Conference" at Sunset Beach, NC on January 29, 2007. In a workshop about building relationships with the media Johnson explained how the broadcast media makes editorial decisions and how organizations can develop positive relationships with media outlets to raise their public profiles, generate more positive media coverage and better deal with negative news coverage. He also talked about the media’s role in shaping public policy. Nearly 450 professionals from law enforcement, the court system, government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations attended the three-day conference.
duPont Award Goes to Two Documentaries Produced by Clay Johnson

NEW YORK, NY -- Columbia University has announced that two documentaries produced by Clay Johnson for WRAL-TV are among 14 winners of the 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast journalism. Johnson produced and wrote the two documentaries for WRAL-TV’s “Focal Point” series, “Standards of Living” and “Paper Thin Promise”. The award is recognized in the industry as broadcasting’s Pulitzer Prize. Johnson traveled to New York City to attend the awards presentation at Columbia University. He and the other two members of WRAL-TV’s documentary unit were also featured in a PBS documentary on the duPont winners titled “Telling the Truth: The Best in Broadcast Journalism”. The documentary is hosted by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour.  The 2007 winners were chosen from a pool of 526 radio and television news entries that aired in the United States between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006. Judges could not decide which of the two documentaries that Johnson produced for WRAL-TV to honor so it bestowed the award to both of them. “Standards of Living” examined the housing conditions of migrant farm workers in North Carolina and was originally broadcast in August 2005. “Paper Thin Promise” looked at the use of restraining orders in domestic violence cases and was originally broadcast in June 2006. Both programs can be seen on Topics covered by other winners include the Iraq War, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the global AIDS crisis. Other winners included PBS, NBC News, HBO and NPR. Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR and Lisa Myers, senior investigative correspondent, for NBC News hosted the ceremony and presented the awards. The awards were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her late husband, Alfred I. duPont and have been administered by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1968.

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