RETN staff members Doug Dunbebin, Scott Campitelli and Drew Frazier (left to right) accept the Alliance for Community Media-Northeast Region’s Overall Excellence Award.


RETN Receives Top Media Award

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Thursday November 06, 2014

Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) has won the Alliance for Community Media-Northeast Region’s (ACM-NE) highest award for overall excellence in 2013. This annual award honors a public, educational and governmental access (PEG) community media center from New England or New York for outstanding programming and service to its community.

RETN has received several national awards in the educational access category. This is the first time it has won an award covering public, educational and governmental access. “We were competing with large PEG access centers from cities like Boston and New York City,” said Doug Dunbebin, community and media relations manager. “This award affirms that work being created by students and teachers in the Champlain Valley is some of the best in the northeast.”

The network has received several national awards in the educational access category. This is the first time it has won an award covering public, educational and governmental access. “We were competing with large PEG access centers from cities like Boston and New York City,” said Doug Dunbebin, community and media relations manager. “This award affirms that work being created by students and teachers in the Champlain Valley is some of the best in the northeast.”

Two first-place video awards were also received by RETN and its partners. “It’s gratifying to receive recognition from professional colleagues for the service our dedicated staff and board of directors deliver to this community,” said Scott Campitelli, executive director. “It’s even more satisfying to see that our community producers and partners continue to receive top honors for the content they’re creating.”

Be A Buddy, an anti-bullying music video produced by Director of Production Jess Wilson, won in the “children and youth” category (professional). Wilson produced the video in partnership with teachers, staff and students from South Burlington’s Rick Marcotte Central School including Rosemary Holloway and Bobbe Pennington, as covered in the story by RETN’s Jessica Clarke in the October 30 issue.

Food for Thought, a six-minute profile produced by RETN intern Brenda Gleason also won a first-place award in the “school/educational program” category (professional). The six-minute profile on Common Roots, a South Burlington farm-to-school program, featured interviews with Carol McQuillen, Stephanie Cesario, Kindle Loomis and Joe Abraham.

Holloway and Pennington accepted the first-place award for Be A Buddy and RETN accepted the award for overall excellence at the ACM-NE 16th Annual Video Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Winning entries will air on RETN Channel 16 and may be viewed online at www.retn.org/ACM-NE-2014.

RETN is the Champlain Valley’s education station providing training, equipment and access to its cable channels so residents may share their stories with the community. It operates RETN Channel 16 on Comcast and Burlington Telecom cable systems and serves communities from Vergennes to Essex and Burlington to Hinesburg. It also provides access to locally produced content online at www.retn.org

SOURCE: Jessica Clarke, RETN