WVIA Announced as a Finalist for Three Public Media Awards

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WVIA has been announced as a finalist in three categories for the 52nd Annual Public Media Awards, presented by NETA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

WVIA is a finalist in the Content, Short Form category for the production of the VIA Short Takes episode Mark Jury… Beyond Demons, the Content, News & Public Affairs category for Battling Opioids, and the Marketing/Communications Integrated Media Campaign with Pennsylvania PBS – Battling Opioids.

Featured as part of the WVIA short documentary series VIA Short Takes, the episode features the story of Waverly, PA photojournalist Mark Jury, who captured striking images from the frontlines of the Vietnam war that were published to great acclaim in The Vietnam Photo Book. After publishing “The Vietnam Photo Book”, veteran Mark Jury enjoyed worldwide success as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, but he began to suffer from undiagnosed PTSD. After decades of alcoholism, suicide attempts, and madness, the piece showcases how Mark finally takes steps toward long-term treatment and a way to move past his pain.

“The programs honored this year by NETA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting showcases WVIA’s commitment to highlight local stories and bring them to national audiences. As well as WVIA’s involvement with the statewide collaborative of Pennsylvania PBS” Carla McCabe, President/CEO at WVIA said. “We are proud of our team and this reinforces our commitment to serving our audience’s needs.”

“Our Content team is very proud of being selected and we are looking forward to presenting more stories of regional people in season two of VIA Short Takes and Battling Opioids Part 7, coming in early 2021,” said Ben Payavis II, WVIA Chief Content Officer, and Executive Producer. 

The full list of this year’s finalists can be found at https://www.annualnetaconference.org/public-media-awards/award-finalists. The 52nd Public Media Awards ceremony will take place during the 2021 NETA Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum being held virtually from January 25 – 28, 2021.

Mark Jury… Beyond Demons is available to watch anytime online at https://www.wvia.org/tv/short-takes/