2020 Public Media Impact Awards – Criteria and Information
This year marks the 35th year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters. Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. This award will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet of the MAB at the Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at the MGM Grand, Detroit, which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, Lawmakers and other dignitaries in August 2020.
• To recognize outstanding individuals or foundations involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness and creativity.
• To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
• To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.
Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.
Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos, and videos) is Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Station/general manager will be notified if one of their staff members, volunteers or donors has been selected to receive an award prior to the 2020 Advocacy Conference, so that plans can be made for the recipient to attend.
Please complete the nomination form and email with supporting documents to Ann Walters at [email protected] or you can mail documents to: Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, 222 N. Chestnut St, Lansing, MI 48933.
There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations).
The nominee’s will be judged for each category. The judges will consist of a panel of their peers selected from Michigan public radio and television stations to evaluate the nominee’s qualifications.
Judges will evaluate the Donor nominees based on:
• An individual or foundation that has been able to support a specific project at a station
• Threshold of impact and importance on public broadcasting
• In-kind resources that help to promote the station, it’s programs and projects
Judges will evaluate nominees on the basis of:
• Development of creative solutions to address station problems or concerns
• Development of innovative projects or programs designed to meet station challenges
• Development of programs, projects or activities which are cost — and/or time — effective
• Development of programs, projects or activities which make effective use of staff or volunteer resources
• Involvement and service to the community
• Involvement and service to public broadcasting
Copies of material related to the nominee’s accomplishments or achievements may accompany the nomination form. Please indicate whether entry is Professional or Donor. Also please include a head shot of your nominee in your materials, if available. If you have any questions concerning the Public Media Impact Award program, please contact Ann Walters via email at [email protected] or by phone at the MAPB office at (800) 968-7622.