Nine Network of St. Louis recognized as ‘Best of the Best’ in 2012 NETA Awards

By Theodore Fischer

The St. Louis public TV station’s Nine Academy, a program that trains individuals and community organizations to produce short videos on stories of “community impact,” received special recognition among the awards presented during NETA’s recent conference in St. Louis. In honoring the academy as the top winner in its annual awards program, NETA cited the station for groundbreaking community work.

NETA recognized 20 public TV stations in 30 categories spread across four divisions — community engagement, content production, instructional media and promotion. The two stations receiving the most awards, Kentucky Educational Television and New York’s WNET, dominated the instructional media division; each brought a total of four awards home from the competition.

In community engagement categories, winning stations included Blue Ridge PBS, KET, KMOS in Warrensburg, Mo., KUED in Salt Lake City, Nashville Public Television, Vermont Public Television and WGBH in Boston.

Content production winners were Alabama Public Television; Basin PBS in Midland, Texas; Idaho Public Television; KUED; MontanaPBS; Nine Network; South Dakota Public Broadcasting; UNC-TV in Research Triangle, N.C.; WLRN in Miami; WXXI in Rochester, N.Y.; and Wyoming PBS.

In instructional media, three trophies went to WNET, two to KET, and one to VPT.

Winners in the promotional division were KMOS, MontanaPBS, Oklahoma’s OETA, WNET and Vegas PBS.

In addition, the NETA Education Center Board presented its 2012 Innovation Award to Alabama Public Television for “Exploring Mount Vernon,” an electronic field trip for middle school students.

This article was first published in Current, Jan. 14, 2013.

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