American Public Media’s Being Wins 12th Annual Webby Award

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American Public Media’s Being Wins 12th Annual Webby Award

(St. Paul, Minn.) May 6, 2008—American Public Media’s™ Peabody Award-winning Being® with Krista Tippett—public radio’s premier in-depth conversation about religion and spiritual ethics in individual and public life—has won a 12th Annual Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. 

Established in 1996, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites.  Being won the Webby in the "Religion and Spirituality" category.  Being was the first public radio program ever to be honored with the prestigious prize, winning its first Webby Award in the same category in 2005.

Created and designed by Being Online Editor Trent Gilliss, with the contributions of Being’s production staff, speakingoffaith.org offers a behind the scenes look at the radio production with complimentary multimedia content such as unedited mp3s of the radio interviews, videos and slide shows, and a new staff blog called SoF Observed.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide.  The Webby Awards will be presented June 10 at a ceremony in New York City.

Just as religion has emerged as a powerful and at times dangerous force in global life, Speaking of Faith has innovated a new journalistic paradigm to address it with unparalleled creativity, depth and diversity. Created as an occasional series at American Public Media in 2001 and launched weekly in 2003, the showis now heard on more than 200 public radio stations in the U.S. and globally via Web and podcast.

Being’s host and creator Krista Tippett brings a rare combination of intellect and compassion to her interviews, moving far beyond wedge issues and polarizing voices.  She engages theologians, scientists, philosophers and a wide array of other thinkers and activists to reframe public conversation about some of the largest issues of our time.  A complete archive of programs can be accessed at speakingoffaith.org.