Iowa PBS receives award nomination


JOHNSTON — The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) announced the finalists for the 53rd Annual Public Media Awards. Each year, the Public Media Awards celebrate NETA members’ finest work in community engagement, content, education and marketing/communications.

Iowa PBS’s digital series “Wander & Wonder” is a finalist in the Community Engagement — Kids & Family category. The series was established in the summer of 2020 as a means of reaching families whose summer plans were disrupted due to COVID-19, encouraging them to use local and national PBS KIDS resources to keep their children entertained and educated throughout the summer.

“We created a series of activity videos featuring local Iowa children doing fun activities that also taught them science, history and social-emotional concepts in an age-appropriate manner,” said Iowa PBS Director of Emerging Media Taylor Shore. “Families watched our episodes, participated in online conversations and sought out our interactive, socially distanced activities, like geocaching.”

Award winners will be announced during the 53rd Annual Public Media Awards Gala presented by Georgia Public Broadcasting on Jan. 25, as part of the NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum.

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