Submitted by Thurston Community Media
Thurston Community Television (TCMedia) was honored with two 2020 Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation during a virtual Hometown Media Awards celebration on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The awards program was established to honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.
In the Children’s Programming student division, the honor went to “Weirder Stuff.” This program was produced by 8 to 11 year-olds in TCMedia’s 2019 Young Producers Network summer camp, under the leadership of TCMedia staff, Dan Bennett.
TCMedia staff person, Ker Malkin Gesulga, produced the winning “About Us: Welcome to Thurston Community Media,” a short promotional video about TCMedia. It was honored in the About Access & Empowerment professional division.
“To have our programming rise to the top from among all that were entered is thrilling,” said Deborah Vinsel, CEO. “We’re deeply honored to have our youth program and our talented staff recognized by our peers from around the country. I’m very proud of our staff and the kids from last summer’s camp.”
Each year, a panel of judges evaluates more than thousand entries based on several factors including subject, experience and budget. Awards are then presented to the most creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Proceeds from the awards program are used exclusively for facilitating, preserving and promoting education in community media.
“The Hometown Media Awards celebrate both the excellence of work and the diversity of media that appears on community channels being produced around the country. The ACM Foundation is proud of their achievement and of how they represent their communities in their work,” said Mike Wassenaar, president & CEO, Alliance for Community Media.