It’s time to be recognized nationally for those outstanding efforts by entering the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards.
Winners will be recognized at the 20th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala held Tuesday, June 12, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.
The awards program, now in its 20th year, has established new categories based on market size.
• Broadcast Ownership Group
• Large/Major Market (TV DMAs 1-50, Radio Markets 1-50)
• Medium Market (TV DMAs 51-100, Radio Markets 51-150)
• Small Market (TV DMAs 101-210, Radio Markets 151-300)
Entries must be submitted by March 9. Additional information on awards criteria and entry rules are available here.
Here’s a video compiled from the 2017 Celebration of Service to America Award.
Here are some of the 2017 winners:
2017, President’s Special Award
WXIA (NBC, Tegna), Atlanta
The NABEF President’s Special Award was presented to Tegna’s WXIA Atlanta. “Charlie Foxtrot” began as an investigation of military policy that stripped service members with certain mental health conditions of their benefits and veteran status. These reports were ultimately aired in 46 cities across the U.S. and culminated with a screening with members of Congress just three days before the Fairness for Veterans Act was passed.
2017, Service to America Award
WDIV (NBC, Graham), Detroit
The 2017 Service to America Award for Television was presented to WDIV in Detroit in recognition of the station’s year-round commitment to excellence in serving its local community. Through news coverage, philanthropy and community service, WDIV puts the needs of viewers first.
2017, Children’s Award for Television
WMUR (ABC, Hearst), Manchester, N.H.
The need for foster and permanent homes for New Hampshire children is greater than ever, attributed in large part to the opioid crisis. Since 2014, WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle has featured “Home at Last,” a recurring series of segments with the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for the more than 700 children in New Hampshire living in out-of-home placement.
2017, Service to Community Award for Television
WRAL (NBC, Capitol Broadcasting), Raleigh, N.C.
The rising tensions in the relationship between police departments and African American communities in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville, N.C., inspired WRAL’s Black and Blue documentary. The program became part of an unprecedented two-hour community conversation on air, online and on social media.