Arkansas PBS, the state’s public telecommunications network, won two Public Media Awards in the PMA’s 55th annual national competition.
The awards honor top work by members of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, and Arkansas PBS’ winners were “Rise and Shine,” season two, and “Arkansas PBS Family Day 2022.”
“Rise and Shine,” an extensive educational program to boost summer learning for pupils from kindergarten through the fifth grade, won in the community engagement-community initiative category. “Family Day 2022,” a free event for children and their parents that drew 5,000 people to Arkansas PBS’ studios in Conway, won in the community engagement-kids & family category.
Arkansas PBS CEO Courtney Pledger said in a statement that the network was proud to be recognized by awards that acknowledge the highest-caliber public media work from across the nation. “We are committed to producing exemplary programming, educational content and community engagement opportunities for all Arkansans,” she said.
Arkansas PBS was also a finalist for awards in the following PMA categories:
- Overall Excellence in Marketing/Communications
- Overall Excellence in Community Engagement
- Overall Excellence in Education
- “Arkansas PBS Sports Media Campaign” – Marketing & Communications – Integrated Media Campaign
- “The One and Only Canaan Sandy” – Content – Short Form
- “Dirt” – Content – Topical Feature
- “Speak Up, Speak Out: Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention” – Education – Teacher Professional Learning
- “Connecting ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ to Arkansas” – Community Engagement – National Project
- “Celebrating Arkansas” – Marketing & Communications – Social Media