has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award
for achievement in electronic media, a sweet honor for an innovative operation that was a gleam in Charlie Meyerson's eye just two and a half years ago.
Rivet was singled out for top investigative reporting in the Small Online News Organization division for "Our Glass Desk Exploded. Yours Could, Too
." If ever a title tells the story, that one does. The office manager's desk blew up one night, sending Rivet off in pursuit of the story behind "spontaneously exploding desks"—which if not a national menace turned out to be something that happens more than you'd think.
Rivet is a smart phone app that bills itself as "radio reimagined"—news customized for who you are and where you are, as Meyerson explained
in late 2013 just before Rivet went public. The idea seems to be working out. Back then Rivet consisted of Meyerson and CEO John MacLeod. Now the website lists a staff of nine and Meyerson, formerly of the Tribune
, WGN, and WXRT, is vice president of editorial and development.
The Murrows are given out by the Radio Television Digital News Association.