Four Michigan Community Access Centers Win 10 National Awards.
The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) honored the winners of the 28th Annual Government Programming Awards (GPA) at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Four of the Michigan Government (PEG) Access Stations received a total of 10 awards. Meridian Township won first, second and third place as well as honorable mention, City of Livonia won first and third place and honorable mention, City of Ann Arbor won two honorable mentions and Bloomfield Township won second place. Categories ranged from election coverage, live sports events, to use of social media.
Michigan Chapter President, Ron Beacom states, “Providing our communities with local coverage is what we do best, but winning national awards is icing on the cake! Congratulations to all the national award winners, but mostly our local Michigan stations.” Below are the Michigan winners from first place to honorable mention with categories listed.
• Arts and Entertainment- “Artists: Michael McNamara” City of Livonia
• Visual Arts- “Beyond the Badge Opening Animation” Meridian Township
• Live Sports Event- “BACB Sports: Girls Basketball – Seaholm VS. Groves” Bloomfield Township
• Use of Social Media- “HOMTV Social Media” Meridian Township
• Election Coverage- “Ballot Meridian 2012 Township Trustee Debate” Meridian Township
• Event/Program Promotion – “Recycling PSA” City of Livonia
• Bulletin Boards- “Livonia Television Information Screens” City of Livonia
• Magazine Format Series – “For Your Information (FYI)” City of Ann Arbor
• Public Affairs- “Special Feature #234 – Charrette Project” Meridian Township
• Seniors- “Senior Moments November 2012” City of Ann Arbor
To view all NATOA Winners visit www.natoa.org. The GPA honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 670 entries submitted by local governments from across the country and Canada.
The ACM Michigan chapter promotes the importance of supporting PEG stations, local channels, and free speech. We seek fair treatment of community channels by video providers To learn more about the Michigan ACM find us on Facebook and Twitter at MichiganACM or visit our blog at Michiganacm.wordpress.com. To learn more about the ACM on a national level visit allcommunitymedia.org.