Congratulations to BTV Bellingham, which earned three national awards on Sept. 23 for videos featuring Bellingham Public Library, and one award for a Public Service Announcement, from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).
The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk video, featuring Librarian Suzanne Carlson-Prandini and young poet Haley Van Ness, to highlight National Poetry Month in April won an Award of Distinction in the Library category.
The Library Curbside Service Behind the Scenes video produced in February, also featuring the Van Ness family and the sustained collaboration of Bellingham Public Library staff to keep materials circulating during the COVID-19 pandemic, won two Awards of Honor in the Library and Editing categories.
A fourth video featuring the SeeClickFix Promotion also won an Award of Honor in the Public Service Announcement category.
“The talented staff at BTV and the quality of their content are a true service to Bellingham, keeping our locals informed and raising the profile of our City alongside communities throughout the country,” said Annette Bagley, Head of Community Relations for Bellingham Public Library.
BTV Bellingham is operated by the City of Bellingham to provide information about our publicly funded government and educational institutions through high quality video services delivered via the internet and cable television. It can be viewed live 24/7 on the City of Bellingham website, as well as on Comcast Cable TV channels 10 and 321 in greater Bellingham.
“We’re so honored to receive this recognition from NATOA and we can’t wait to share more stories from our beautiful city,” said Ben Skudlarek, BTV Bellingham Television Station Coordinator.
In 2021, NATOA received over 750 video submittals for its annual Government Programming Awards (GPAs) to recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. Categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’ s issues. Celebrating over 30 years of programming excellence, the GPA’s celebrate the achievements of programmers across the nation.
Media Contact: Annette Bagley, Head of Community Relations, Bellingham Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-778-7206