American Public Media’s Being Wins Prestigious Webby Award

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American Public Media’s Being Wins Prestigious Webby Award


Weekly public radio program is recognized for Web site content, vision and creativity

(St. Paul, Minn.) — May 5, 2005 — American Public Mediaís Being — a public radio program and national conversation about belief, meaning, ethics and ideas — has won a Webby award.

Often referred to as the "Oscar of the Internet," the international award honors Web sites dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of the Internet. Being won the Webby in the "Religion and Spirituality" category.

Created and designed by Being Web Producer Trent Gilliss, www.speakingoffaith.org, offers a comprehensive guide to each week’s radio program, with detailed background and insight, images, Web-exclusive features, as well as stunning visual design.

Krista Tippett, creator and host of the award-winning weekly radio program, congratulated Gilliss on his achievement. "Trent is an essential member of the Being team. He has created a Web site that enhances the program’s content and extends its impact exponentially. We are extremely proud of his vision, creativity, and hard work."

More than 4,300 Web sites were entered from 50 states nationwide. The international Webby awards honor excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. The Webby awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Being is distributed by American Public Media to 115 public radio stations around the country, including eight of the top 10 radio markets. Each week, the program focuses on a different theme, asking writers, thinkers and theologians to discuss how religion shapes everyday life.

American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media, was also nominated for two awards in news and radio categories.

American Public Media(tm) is the nation’s second-biggest producer of public radio programs, reaching 14.5 million listeners nationwide each week. National programs include A Prairie Home Companion®, Saint Paul Sunday®, Marketplace®, Sound Money®, The Splendid Table®, Being™ and special reports produced by its national documentary unit, American RadioWorks®. American Public Media is the national production and distribution division of Minnesota Public Radio®. Minnesota Public Radio, along with its sister company Southern California Public Radio, belongs to a larger family of companies within American Public Media Group, a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to develop resources, services and systems to support public media for public service. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at www.americanpublicmedia.us.