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Posted Mar 23, 2015

APT Wins ABBY Awards for Public Service

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Civil Rights Lessons Reach Students Statewide

(March 23, 2015 – Birmingham)  The Alabama Broadcasters Association celebrated Alabama’s Best in Broadcasting at the 2015 ABBY Awards ceremony Saturday, March 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Hoover.  During the ceremony, ABA recognized Alabama Public Television with the award for Best Public Service Project and an Award of Merit for Public Service spot.

Heather Daniels, producer of award-winning Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement electronic field trips, accepted the Abby Award on behalf of Alabama Public Television. Project C is a three-year initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of critical years in the Civil Rights movement. The centerpiece of the project is a series of live, electronic field trips (EFTs) produced by APT for schools throughout Alabama and available online to schools nationwide. Hosted by three teen reporters, the EFTs are live, interactive webcasts featuring interviews with veterans of the Civil Rights movement and other experts. Students are able to ask questions of the panelists using e-mail, mobile devices or other Web 2.0 technology. Archived videos of each EFT are available on the Project C website for students and teachers to access later. Other website resources help teachers prepare students for the field trip experience, create post-field trip learning activities for students, and learn to incorporate new technologies into the classroom. Project C also includes hands-on teacher training through APT’s partners including the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

To date, Project C has reached more than 215,000 Alabama students and another 1 million students nationwide.  Educator response has been overwhelmingly positive with teachers expressing thanks for the valuable resource about a time period in history that happened before many of them were born: “I appreciated the opportunity to learn about the content and receive insights to elevate my lesson planning and opportunities for my students.” Students have engaged in the content: “I enjoyed this and so did my students. It was eye opening and overwhelming for some. They have a newfound appreciation for the simple liberties they take for granted. It also propelled some of them to talk to their family about their involvement.”

APT received a Judges Award of Merit for its public service spot “Memorial Day: Alabama Veterans Memorial” produced by Mark Fastoso. Created for broadcast around Memorial Day 2014, the spot features images of the Alabama Veterans Memorial with readings of veterans’ words that are enshrined on the memorial’s columns. Fastoso also produces electronic field trips for APT and is now working on a documentary about Alabama navy pilot, Vietnam war POW, and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton that will be broadcast in July. 

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