The George Foster Peabody Awards’ 69th annual search for excellence in electronic media has begun. More than 100,000 “call for entries” alerts will be mailed worldwide, supplemented by ads in media-industry publications and Twitter messages. Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in 2009 are eligible. The entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2010. Entrants may […]
The George Foster Peabody Awards’ 69th annual search for excellence in electronic media has begun. More than 100,000 “call for entries” alerts will be mailed worldwide, supplemented by ads in media-industry publications and Twitter messages.
Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in 2009 are eligible. The entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2010. Entrants may apply online at www.peabody.uga.edu.
Meanwhile, University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams has approved four new members of the Peabody Awards Board. Joining other experts who select electronic media’s most coveted prize are Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Alyce Myatt, Allen Sabinson and Fred Young.
“We have secured the services of a truly outstanding group of professionals who will contribute enormous amounts of personal time to the selection of Peabody Award recipients,” said Peabody Awards Director Horace Newcomb. “The distinction of the Peabody, the world’s oldest award for electronic media, depends on our selection process. Peabody Awards are determined through a careful, vigorous and respectful exchange of strongly held perspectives in extensive face-to-face deliberations. Our board of 16 changes over time, but the commitment to excellence remains the touchstone for our work.”
In late March, Hunter-Gault, Myatt, Sabinson and Young will join Newcomb, 2009-10 board chair Susan Douglas and 10 other veteran board members in Athens to choose the recipients of the 69th annual Peabody Awards from a field of more than 1,000 entries from broadcast and cable television, radio and the World Wide Web. The 2009 recipients are scheduled to be announced March 31, 2010.
New board member Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African-American to enter the University of Georgia and a graduate of what was then the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, is an award-winning reporter now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been CNN’s South Africa bureau chief, NPR’s African correspondent, chief national correspondent for PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a reporter for The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Alyce Myatt is executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media in Baltimore, which provides information to the philanthropic community to advance the field of media arts and public-interest media funding. She is a former vice president of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service, a former PBS director of children’s programming and a senior producer at the Children’s Television Workshop, and an associate producer of ABC’s 20/20.
Allen Sabinson is the dean of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design in Philadelphia. In a prior career that spanned three decades, he was president of production at Miramax Films and held senior positions at ABC, A&E, TNT, NBC and Showtime.
Fred Young recently retired as senior vice president for news at Hearst-Argyle Television. In 2009 he received the prestigious 2009 Paul White Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Young spent 25 years in various capacities, including news director and general manager, at Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV. He serves as a judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards for college journalism students and is a member of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.