SPRINGFIELD, MA (June 11, 2020) – In November, 2019, WGBY’s Connecting Point and the NEPR News team came together to produce “Legal Vices: One Year Later – A Community Dialogue,” a primetime special that looked back at the impact of the MGM Casino and legalized marijuana in western Massachusetts. This program has won a 2020 Silver Telly Award, in the category of “Television Program: Social Impact.”
This was the first editorial collaboration for New England Public Media. The community forum was moderated by Connecting Point host Carrie Saldo and NEPR reporter and All Things Considered host Adam Frenier. A balanced panel of experts discussed topics raised by the audience and Connecting Point and NEPR contributors were on hand to share insight from their own reporting.
In addition to the Silver award, WGBY won a 2020 Bronze Telly Award for the 2019 Championship episode of As Schools Match Wits in the category of “Television Program: Miscellaneous.” As Schools Match Wits is New England Public Media’s academic quiz show competition open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England. It is one of the longest-running shows of its kind in the nation.
Tony Dunne, who is Executive Producer of both Connecting Point and As Schools Match Wits, was thrilled. “This is an international competition receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, so there’s a lot to be proud of here in having our work recognized and singled out among so many other entrants from across the globe by our peers in the industry.”
Martin Miller, President of New England Public Media, agrees. “The award for ‘Legal Vices’ is particularly meaningful, as it was our first real content collaboration between TV and radio at New England Public Media. The role of public media—to provide trustworthy, unbiased information and to provide a forum for community discussion—has never been more important. We’re also thrilled about the award for As Schools Match Wits, a very long running, well established program, which we produce in partnership with Westfield State University.”
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by The Telly Award Judging Council; a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.
Both “Legal Vices: One Year Later – A Community Dialogue” and the 2019 Championship episode of As Schools Match Wits can be streamed at video.wgby.org.
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