WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont has been awarded first place honors in the small market television category of the 2003 Edward R. Murrow Awards Competition. WCAX-TV was honored for The Channel 3 News at 6:00.The Edward R. Murrow Awards represent national competition among television and radio stations across the United States. Only regularly scheduled newscasts are eligible for entry in the “Best Newscast” category, and only one entry is allowed per news organization. The entry must represent the news organization’s best effort at producing a newscast.The RTNDA states, “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.”The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.WCAX-TV News Director Marselis Parsons said, “We are deeply honored by the national RTNDA award. It recognizes the hard work of many people at Channel 3 News, from reporters and producers, to photographers and technicians who work every day to bring our audience the most comprehensive coverage and in-depth stories from our region.”“An award named for Edward R. Murrow symbolizes the best in broadcasting, and WCAX-TV is honored to be singled out from hundreds of entries as having the best newscast (in markets 50 and smaller) in the country.”The Channel 3 News at 6:00 had been awarded “Best Newscast” and “Best Overall Excellence” in the regional competitions for the Murrow Awards earlier this year. Regional winners went on to be considered for the national award.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.