The cooperative effort between The Brian Lehrer Show and the WNYC audience to gather anecdotes, photos, calls and videos and tell the less-reported story about the 2009 Recession, was named a Notable Entry in the Knight-Batten Awards for 2009. According to the J-Lab website:
The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism spotlight news and information providers who offer more than multimedia journalism. The awards honor novel efforts that seize and create opportunities to involve citizens in public issues and supply entry points that invite their participation or spark their imagination.
At WNYC, we know that, while we may have sparked the project, what gives it wings is the thoughtfulness and interest of our listeners.