Buffalo, NY – WNED announced today that the Web site for its television production YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY has been nominated for Best Education Site in the 14th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Produced for national broadcast on PBS by WNED and Working Dog Productions, Inc, YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY (YLYM) targeted young Americans in the early phases of their lives and careers — just when they need the most help navigating the financial pitfalls and opportunities around them. In addition to the program, YLYM offered a broad outreach platform, which is still underway, and a companion Web site featuring program content and additional resources and activities at pbs.org/yourlifeyourmoney.
Funding for the YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY program, outreach and Web site was provided by HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. Foundation. YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY premiered on PBS on September 9, 2009.
The YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY Web site was designed by Peel Interactive of Seattle, Washington and WNED’s Web Design & Content Development team of Beth Critoph and Alan Nowicki with Darwin McPherson, led by former WNED Vice President of Education and Outreach Pamela Johnson, Ph.D. (now with the Corporation of Public Broadcasting). WNED’s other key staff contributors include WNED Chief Program and Production Officer John Grant, David Rotterman, Betsy Halvorsen, Suzanne Kashuba, Gwen Mysiak, Kevin Rush, and John Craig, Ph.D.
“Nominees like WNED are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year.”
“We’re very honored to receive this recognition,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED President and CEO. “This project and its goals are very high priorities for our organization, and the Web site contains information and resources that will be useful for years to come. We couldn’t be more pleased to know that it continues to resonate on so many levels.”
As a nominee, WNED is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 29, WNED fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at http://webby.aol.com/society/education.
Winners will be announced on May 4, 2010 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 14 where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches with the world. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me."), and Michel Gondry ("Keyboards are full of germs.") For a full list of last year's five-word speeches, please visit: http://www.webbyawards.com/press/speeches.php.
The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
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Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well TV, Classical 94.5/WNED and WNED-AM 970 The Information Station, the member-supported WNED Buffalo/Toronto provides high quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at www.wned.org.
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Expression; Aol; YouTube; Pepsi; Aquent; Yahoo!; Tribal DDB Worldwide; East Media; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail; Museum of the Moving Image; Behance; Business Insider and Time Out New York.