TVNewsCheck Editor and Publisher Harry Jessell is among the newest members charged with judging entries for 66th annual awards presented by the University of Georgia.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved three new members of the George Foster Peabody Awards board. Joining other distinguished experts who select television and radio’s most coveted prize are Harry Jessell, editor and publisher of TVNewsCheck, a daily online news and information service and resource for the media industries; Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, ZDF German Television; and Dwight Ellis, Dwight Ellis & Associates.
“We are delighted to welcome such a distinguished group,” said Peabody Awards Director Horace Newcomb. “Our board of 16 changes over time to insure a variety of viewpoints and a range of expertise. The individuals named today will help expand that expertise and contribute substantially to the enduring importance of the Peabody Awards.”
In late March, Jessell, Freiling and Eillis will join Newcomb, 2006-07 board chair Meryl Marshall-Daniels and 11 other veteran board members in Athens, Ga., to choose the recipients of the 66th annual Peabody Awards from a field of nearly 1,100 entries from broadcast and cable television, radio and the World Wide Web.
The Peabody entries, from the calendar year 2006, range from popular network-TV entertainment series to local-TV news reports, and come from a variety of countries, including Bulgaria, Mexico, Ireland and Germany, as well as from the United States, Canada and England. The winners are scheduled to be announced April 4.
Prior to creating TVNewsCheck one year ago, Jessell was a reporter, executive editor then editor of Broadcasting & Cable. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio, lectured at universities and moderated numerous panels at industry conferences.
Freiling is senior vice president for international affairs, ZDF German Television, Mainz, Germany. After earning a law degree from Johann- Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt, he worked as a freelance journalist, focusing on foreign trade and international development aid. In 1990 he received the Doctorate in International Law, magna cum laude, with a dissertation on Germany and the United Nations. In 2000 he became ZDF’s director of international affairs. From 2002 to 2005, he was president of Prix Italia, the oldest European prize for media productions, and since 2002, has been vice president of the Prix Europa.
Dwight M. Ellis is the president and CEO of Dwight Ellis & Associates Ltd., a Bowie-Md.-based global business and workforce development consultancy. From 1980 to 2004 he was vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters. At the NAB he directed the department of human resources, supervised the Broadcast Career Center and served as he NAB industry spokesman on all matters related to minorities and women. He is the recipient of the 2002 Master Communicator Award from the National Black Media Coalition, the 1987 Howard University Leadership in Communications Award and the International Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Media Women.
The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in electronic media. Today the Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. For more information, visit: www.peabody.uga.edu.