Press Digest from WNET.ORG, Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2009

April 2nd, 2009

Selected press items featuring WNET.ORG, its programs, projects and services from the period Friday, March 27 through Thursday, April 2, 2009.

The winners of the George Foster Peabody Award for this year have been announced and among the winners is P.O.V.:Campaign. TV Newsday has the full rundown and B&C reports. More about Peabody winners online.

NOW on PBS has won two 2009 National Headliner Awards. First Place in the category of Environmental Reporting for ‘Fighting Over Forests’, and Second Place in the category of Business & Consumer Reporting for ‘India Rising’. Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge returned to MSNBC’s Morning Joe to provide insight from an international news perspective on the G-20 Summit and the upcoming NATO meeting. Savidge was part a lively panel discussion for the full hour block, interacting with hosts Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle, Willie Geist and NBC correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Maria Bartiromo, Richard Engel and Chuck Todd, all stationed in London. Worldfocus executive producer Marc Rosenwasser was featured in The Epoch Times for his recent participation in a panel discussion at the Overseas Press Club about the future of foreign journalism in America. “A distinguished group of media entrepreneurs led a lively discussion on the future of international news on Monday. The panel event, hosted by the Overseas Press Club of New York, included representatives from the online international news Web site GlobalPost, the daily news program WorldFocus, and the quarterly journalism magazine Dispatches.”… ‘I think people have realized creative situations are needed,’ said Marc Rosenwasser, executive producer of WorldFocus and 25-year veteran major network television producer. World Focus has about 273,000 viewers and operates on a modest budget of $8 million a year, but the key to its success is collaboration. The program features nightly broadcasts of breaking news and reports from 80 nations, drawing heavily on contributions from television, print, radio, and online news organizations. ‘My friends at ABC and CBS are stuck in old models that are really expensive,’ said Rosenwasser, who adds that WorldFocus is finding ways to do the same quality work for less money. ‘They’re using satellite feeds, we’re using File Transfer Protocols.'” Pandemonium features a Worldfocus guest interview with BusinessWeek reporter Keith Epstein about Chinese Cyber Spies hacking into U.S. government computers.

Nature: Kilauea: Mountain of Fire has been a hot item in the press recently. Discover Magazine (print only) writes: “This beautifully assembled and often dramatic PBS documentary chronicles the people intimately connected to Kilauea . . . . Watch for stunning underwater footage of 2000-degree lava cooling and solidifying beneath the surface of the sea.” Hawaii Magazine suggests, “If you can’t go the Big Island of Hawaii to see the current eruptive activity at Kilauea volcano in person, a new documentary airing this weekend on PBS might be the next best thing.” Other hits include: Big Island Buzz, Blog Critics, EngadgetHD (picked up by many HDTV blogs), Examiner (“the next best thing to being there”), HDTV Biz-News, HDTV Blog, HDTV Information, LAist, Reality TV Website, and Screen Sleuth (“For anyone that doesn’t appreciate the power of nature, this show, shot all in HD, will instill this into your brain. The show is called Kilauea: Mountain of Fire, and it details the history and unpredictability of the volcano in glorious HD. This is the kind of TV show HD was really made for. . . . Never mind the NCAA basketball tournament or any man-made spectacles; this is the thing to show off your HD set to its full glory.” Discover magazine’s “Hot Science” features Nature: Kilauea. “This beautifully assembled and often dramatic PBS documentary chronicles the people intimately connected to Kilauea. . . . “Watch for stunning underwater footage of 2000-degree lava cooling and solidifying beneath the surface of the sea.” Highlights have landed in Anchorage Daily News, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and News OK.

The Jerusalem Post features an article written by House of Life filmmaker Mark Podwal. The Baltimore Jewish Times writes: “You wouldn’t think a doc about an old graveyard halfway around the world would be all that interesting, and maybe even more than a tad morbid, right? Not so. This film is about the living. It’s a celebration of life and culture, and of being a Jew. After all, we’re still here, and so is the old Jewish cemetery in Prague.”