Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Everybody’s a nerd for something and you can find that obsession on PBS. That’s why, last year, PBS kicked off its PBS Nerd initiative. Lots of folks responded with videos and many stations (UNC-TV included) hosted nerd-themed events. You can even buy snazzy PBS Nerd threads like this t-shirt I spied in a co-worker’s cubicle.

Nice togs. Sadly, not my size.


Congrats, PBS!

Winners of the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced October 6 and awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. PBS programs were honored with 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization (Frontline and Independent Lens garnered four each). Congratulations to all the winners!

PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award recipients are:

– Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Children of Syria”
– Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

FRONTLINE “The Choice 2016”
– Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

FRONTLINE “Yemen Under Siege”
– Best Story in a Newsmagazine
– Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

INDEPENDENT LENS “Best of Enemies”
– Outstanding Historical Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “In Football We Trust”
– Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

– Outstanding Investigative Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “The Armor of Light”
– Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

NATURE “Super Hummingbirds”
– Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

– Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report for “The End of AIDS?”

POV “Thank You For Playing”
– Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

The volunteer experience at UNC-TV is pretty sweet. You get to meet some of the folks who make the original programming here at the station and you may even get a behind the scenes glimpse of how said productions are put together. Sometimes you get to meet other volunteers and talk to folks who help make these programs possible (in short – “viewers like you”). And you get to wear one of these stylish and sporty lanyards, which are de rigueur among the vol set here. They hold your name so that others can greet you properly and basically just make any volunteer ensemble.

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The shot above is a close up of a basket of these lavender beauties. Sign up to volunteer at UNC-TV and maybe you’ll be wearing one of them in your future.

Dispatches From The Front Line

Frontline is going video-less. More accurately, PBS’ long-running and award-winning documentary series is launching a podcast called The FRONTLINE Dispatch.

The first episode is out and is titled “Child Marriage in America.” Here’s what Frontline executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath had to say about it:

It’s a story that’s ideal for audio and may surprise you. It’s about child marriage — not in faraway places, but in the United States. It turns out, more than 200,000 children under the age of 18 were legally married here between 2000 and 2015.

Our reporter Anjali Tsui, an Abrams Journalism Fellow through the Frontline/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships, and producer Sophie McKibben spent the last year investigating child marriage in America. At the center of their story is a young woman named Heather, who got pregnant at 14 and considers marrying her 24-year-old boyfriend, who is accused of statutory rape.

Intrigued? You’d be hard pressed not to be. Check out called The FRONTLINE Dispatch – an investigative new podcast.

Vietnam War Lookout

As UNC-TV gears up for Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War, I’ll be passing along anything of interest connected with the documentary mini-series – press tours, screenings, gatherings, articles, etc.

Here’s a link to a fantastic Winston-Salem Journal article about a Veterans Breakfast held earlier this week at Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina. Clips from The Vietnam War were screened at the event.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.