San Francisco Chronicle journalist James Irwin won an Emmy yesterday for an online video documentary on four teens who took a sobering look at life behind bars in San Quentin State Prison. Irwin won the broadband Emmy in the regional news coverage category for “Prisoners Guide Teens on Tour of San Quentin,” an 8 minute, 55 second video that followed Oakland teens as inmates showed them the harsh reality of their daily existence – cramped cells, open toilets, jeering inmates.
Irwin is director of video journalism for the Chronicle. The award was given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Rapid strides in online video were acknowledged last year when the Emmy Awards’ news and documentary segment added a broadband news category.