PBS, NPR compete for Webby Awards in multiple categories

By Current Staff

Mike Rugnetta

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta received a Webby nom for Best Web Personality/Host.

Websites affiliated with PBS and NPR have been nominated for Webby Awards in more than 20 categories.

PBS Video and NPR’s Responsive Design Project are contenders for top recognition for best practices on the Web, one of the most high-profile awards to be presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences later this spring.

PBS led public media organizations in garnering the most nominations. PBS Video received a nomination in the general website media streaming category, and The PBS Idea Channel is vying for two Webbys in categories for first-person online film and video and best web personality/host. Additional nominees include PBS Kids Digital, in the youth category, and Shanks FX and PBS Food, nominated in categories of how-to and DIY content.

Websites affiliated with PBS-distributed TV shows are also in the running: Frontline, for Concussion WatchPOV for “Girl Model,” and Makers, a website for the documentary series Women Who Make America series, which was nominated for social education and discovery and corporate communications.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, as well as the American Public Media radio series On Being, received nominations in the religion and spirituality category.

NPR received a total of six nominations, three of which put NPR Music in competition for awards for web music, music in online film and video and best editing in online film/video. Another nod put NPR’s Inauguration Mashup in competition with a PBS nominee, Through Tokyo, in the online film and video category for video remixes. The Responsive Design project, nominated in a top-tier category of best practices, is also contending for a Webby for radio and podcasts, vying against BBC Playlister and Slate’s Gabfest.

In addition, two Public Radio Exchange apps received nominations in the mobile and apps division. The Public Radio Player app is contending for the Webby for media streaming service, and the PRX Remix app was nominated for podcasts.

Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom that often collaborates with public media outlets, received a nomination for its political blog, Primary Source.

Nominees in each category compete for recognition in two contests, judged separately: The Webby People’s Voice Awards, to be selected based on online votes cast through April 24, and the Webby Awards, chosen by IADAS members and presented May 19 in New York.

The Webbys honor excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, mobile and apps, and social media.

This article was updated April 23, 2014 to include details about PRX’s Webby nominees.
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