Thursday, April 2, 2009 Videojournalism Nabs Peabody Award

The Peabody Awards annually celebrate excellence in traditional TV broadcasting. Its recipients generally include the likes of HBO, PBS, CNN -- and it has lauded groundbreaking classics from The Ed Sullivan Show and Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series to The Wire and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Guess who just received one this year? The New York Times. Not the paper, the Website. Specifically, its online videojournalism.

According to its citation: "Aggressively and imaginatively adding sound and moving images to the news that's fit to print, the 'Gray Lady' became a leader in the emergence of new journalistic forms."

Well deserved, we say! And this clearly represents a recognition of the tidal change in the content, tone, genre, and delivery platform of video storytelling. (Other online recipients: YouTube and!)

Peabody director Horace Newcomb: "The list of winners this year clearly indicates a changing media environment."

See what the fuss is about, on the New York Times channel on KobreGuide.

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