Arkansas PBS has won five national Public Media Awards – the most for any network competing – from the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) in the 52nd annual competition, including Overall Excellence in Education and Overall Excellence in Community Engagement. Winners were announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, during the virtual 2021 NETA Conference and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Thought Leader Forum. Compilation videos of the winning and nominated projects can be seen at myarpbs.org/awardwinning and myarpbs.org/awardnominated.
The Public Media Awards honor NETA members’ finest work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content. This year saw a record number of entries from stations across the country as new categories were introduced recognizing excellence in podcasts and digital media use, as well as awards in each category specific to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Every single member of the Arkansas PBS staff has worked tirelessly in collaboration with many statewide partners during 2020 to provide citizens with engaging, entertaining and essential content,” Arkansas PBS CEO Courtney Pledger said. “To have that work recognized with five national Public Media Awards – including two for overall excellence – is a true honor and evidence of what we can accomplish together.
“These awards are something to be celebrated, as is the creative and innovative team at Arkansas PBS.”
Arkansas PBS won the following PMA awards:
Arkansas PBS was also a finalist in the following categories:
This year, NETA partnered with The Brand Consultancy to develop the new awards program identity. Realizing that public media stations are stronger together, NETA used the concept of a mosaic as inspiration. The awards recognize a mosaic of the highest caliber programming, education, marketing/communications and engagement. Piece by piece and station by station, public media networks come together as choreographers of the public good, to spark more imagination and inspiration than ever could have been done alone.
Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media.
Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarkansaspbs.org/watch, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP.
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.