Twin Cities Public Television
SciGirls wins National Award for Media Literacy Education
Saint Paul, Minn. July 10, 2013—Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and SciGirls have been selected to receive a Media Literate Media Award by the National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE). SciGirls Executive Producer, Richard Hudson and Co-Executive Producer, Kathleen Shugrue are being honored with the award on behalf of tpt, which will be presented at the upcoming NAMLE Conference in Torrance, California on July 13, 2013.
The NAMLE Media Literate Media Awards recognize people, programs, initiatives or organizations in mainstream media that have raised the visibility of media literacy education or media literacy, helped citizens better understand media literacy education or media literacy and provided significant outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice inquiry-based media literacy education. SciGirls was selected from the nominees by an awards committee of NAMLE members and is joined by one other award winner for 2013.
The NAMLE Media Literate Media Awards are designed to interest mainstream media in covering or including media literacy in their work by recognizing outstanding contributions made by mainstream media professionals with national reach. Previous awardees include Bill Moyers for NOW, Howard Kurtz for his Washington Post columns and CNN show, Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show,” NPR’s “On the Media” with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield and Nickelodeon for the program “iCarly.’
“We are delighted that NAMLE has recognized SciGirls with this media literacy education award” said Richard Hudson, Executive Producer and tpt’s Director of Science. “Even though women currently make up close to half of the U.S. workforce, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. Projects like SciGirls are working to address this issue through transmedia efforts that reach girls through video and the web.”
SciGirls (http://pbskids.org/scigirls/) is a robust multi-platform program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. The PBS television show, currently in its second season, and destination website, outreach initiatives and professional development have proven very successful: SciGirls has reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”
As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.
About tpt National Productions
TPT National Productions is the national production division of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis/St. Paul, and is a significant content producer for the public television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries and specials, tpt has created a major, highly lauded body of work on the history of America’s founding era, including the Peabody Award-winning series LIBERTY! The American Revolution and Benjamin Franklin (Primetime Emmy). Other notable tpt productions include The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; Depression: Out of the Shadows; the children’s science series SciGirls; and most recently, Slavery by Another Name, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
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