Thurston Community Media brought home not just one, but three national awards from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation in a virtual celebration on July 1.
TC Media, which manages four county-wide public access cable television channels, received national recognition for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their entries include the show, “Meet the Fur Babies” which featured kids and their pets at home during the quarantine. Despite the lockdown, the show’s guests were able to record their videos using iPads. They also used online platforms such as ZOOM to connect with its audience. With its innovative approach to media recording and distribution, the show bagged the Children’s Programming category.
TC Media’s other entry, a program entitled “Stay Safe Thurston County: Cheryl Selby” also won the Emergency Communications category. The program, which has 50 episodes, follows Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby’s emergency communication efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, TC Media’s live election coverage also won the Democracy in Action category. The program entitled “The First Returns: Election Night 2020” includes interviews with election candidates.
The show was hosted by TCMedia CEO, Deborah Vinsel, with analysis by Amanda Walker, assistant professor of government at Saint Martin’s University, former County Commissioner, John Hutchings, and Karen Tvedt, President of League of Women Voters Thurston County.
The awards were presented by the Alliance for Community Media Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to make electronic media available for everyone.
In a statement Vinsel said, “We’re honored to be recognized for our local programming work.” She continued, “To win means our work was recognized by the judges as some of the best in the United States. We could not be this successful without the support of our local jurisdictions, our volunteers, our talented staff, and, of course, the community.”