The National Educational Telecommunications Association honors GBH’s leadership in youth content at its 52nd annual awards ceremony
BOSTON (January 29, 2021) – Boston public media producer GBH was recognized this week with two Public Media Awards for its commitment to impactful youth media in 2020 for the productions of High School Quiz Show and Search It Up!. Awarded by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), the 52nd Annual Public Media Awards honor members’ outstanding work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content.
“GBH has a long history of innovative content that speaks directly to young viewers while maintaining our mission of creating enriching and educational programming,” said Terry Fitzpatrick, GBH Vice President for Children’s Media and Education. “The teams at GBH work hard to create compelling experiences for young viewers and we are proud that NETA has recognized their work.”
High School Quiz Show, GBH’s Jeopardy!-style academic competition for Massachusetts high school students earned first place in the Community Engagement category. High School Quiz Show will broadcast its 12th season this spring.
“From day one, High School Quiz Show has been more than a celebration of academic achievement. It has also offered a way for families, friends and faculty to express pride for their students and schools,” said GBH Executive Producer and Director of Youth Media Hillary Wells. “We are so honored by this recognition from our public media peers and look forward to finding ways to expand the brand to create even further engagement and impact in the years ahead.”
Search It Up! is a new digital miniseries from GBH that teaches healthy screen time skills for kids. The series tied for the top spot in the Short Form Content category.
“Kids are spending more time on the Internet and so digital literacy is a crucial skill to acquire from a young age. Search It Up! taps into kids’ own unique voices to help them discover the opportunities technology offers, as well as how to avoid some common pitfalls,” said GBH Senior Executive Producer Bill Shribman. “This award is a testament to the importance of thoughtful content that speaks directly to children.”
The full list of NETA’s 52nd Annual Public Media award-winners, which were announced on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 during the NETA Conference and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Public Media Thought Leader Forum, is available online. With the exception of the overall excellence categories, stations competed within divisions based on their station size. 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.
Major funding for High School Quiz Show is provided by Safety Insurance. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Eastern Bank, Emerson College, and Subaru of New England.
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH’s local television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44 and GBH Kids. With a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station. From Boston to the Berkshires, from Worcester to the Cape and Islands, GBH is dedicated to connecting the Commonwealth through news, programming, learning tools and events. GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at gbh.org.