By Sahil Patel
Recognizing the world that they currently live in is not the one that they’ve been used to for the past 70+ years, the George Foster Peabody Awards are encouraging more digital content creators to submit their work for consideration.
Entering its 74th year, the Peabody Awards have been long thought of as radio and TV broadcasting awards — that is, until recently, when the UGA, which oversees the program, began to recognize exemplary content distributed via the web. The 73rd awards, for instance, honored Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” as well as “A Needed Response,” a web video that addressed the issue of campus rape.
Always expanding its scope, the Peabody Awards want to attract more entries from those working in children’s, international, and digital programming, the program organizers said in an announcement. This includes content produced for “alternative” platforms, including “internet videos” (on YouTube, Vimeo, and other streaming platforms), podcasts, video games, and other forms of digital media.
“This is an exciting time for creative storytelling across so many locations of the expanding media landscape,” said program director Jeffrey P. Jones. “We are aware of quality narratives being told in children’s programming, in digital spaces, even internationally. The Peabody Board of Jurors would really love to see more from these areas, and highly encourage producers to submit their work.”
The deadline for 2014 entries is Thursday, January 15, 2015. More information can be found at the program’s website.