BOSTON, MA – The world news site GlobalPost has been honored as the recipient of a 2011 George Foster Peabody Award for its “On Location” video series. The oldest award for electronic media, the Peabody recognizes “distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters.” In 2011, GlobalPost published 75 “On Location” videos reported from 34 different countries. Of those 75 reports, 9 videos were submitted as examples of what the series does each week: engage the audience with distinctive reporting on the economy, politics and culture in places most people will never visit. The videos considered by the Peabody Board are available to view here.
“This is an extraordinary achievement considering we are a young news organization,” said GlobalPost Editor Thomas Mucha. “Our correspondents in the field have done an amazing job on this video series, giving viewers a close-up look at stories that would most likely go untold by other media. ‘On Location’ is unique and ambitious, employing the highest standards of professional video production with an authenticity and grit that is palpable. We couldn’t be more excited to have won the Peabody in our third year.”
First presented in 1941, the Peabody awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. In announcing the awards Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards, said being a Peabody recipient is a “designation often considered the most significant award in the media industries.”