As a public television initiative, Great Lakes Now talks, writes and, yes, tweets about our multimedia, multiplatform, engagement-focused approach to all things Great Lakes and freshwater.
This week we got some much-appreciated outside recognition for all that.
Our website won first place in the Michigan Press Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest” in the Open Class. Yep, you read that right: a public television station with an award from a “print” organization.
The criteria for the website award covered a range of factors: quality of the news and editorial matter, timeliness, ease of navigation, layout and use of graphics, demonstration that the website fulfills a “gatekeeper to the community” role and interactivity. Judges randomly visited sites between November and mid January.
Our Great Lakes Now Monthly Program garnered the Best in Category for “Mini-Documentary or Series” in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards.
The new Facebook Watch Parties series, launched last summer when the world went to virtual events, won Best in Category for “Use of New Media” from the MAB as well. And the segment “Lake Huron Sinkholes,” produced by David Ruck, Great Lakes Outreach Media, that aired in Episode 1010, picked up a Merit Award for “Independent Producer.”
The Great Lakes Now team is going to take the weekend to celebrate – remotely – and we’ll be back at it Monday morning with more news and information about Great Lakes and freshwater.
All the Great Lakes Now winning work over the years is HERE.
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