Public media’s achievements in instructional media, community engagement, promotion and general audience content were honored this past Monday night, January 21 in Salt Lake City at the National Educational Telecommunications Assocation (NETA) Awards presentation. Two Michigan public television stations were recipients of awards.
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) was recognized in the category Community Engagement Based on a Local Initiative. The award was for the Playtime Pad Research Project. The Playtime Pad Research Project investigates the effectiveness of tablet-based learning initiatives in early childhood math literacy, while providing access to the latest digital learning tools for students, teachers and parents.
WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) received honors in the Performance category for the program Hope College Christmas Vespers. The program is a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas and features some of the most beautiful choral and instrumental music of the season. The program is produced by WGVU and is seen on public television stations nationwide.
The gala evening was the opening event for the 2019 NETA
Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leaders Forum.
“Every one of us working in public media today can be proud of the NETA Award winners,” said NETA president Eric Hyyppa. “When you look at the achievements that these projects represent, making our services relevant and valuable to our communities, you can’t help but be inspired for the future.”
The NETA Awards are an annual recognition of public broadcasting’s finest work, a tradition established in the 1960s by NETA’s precursor, the pioneering Southern Educational Communications Association.