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WUCF Receives National Awards for Locally Produced Content

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WUCF, Central Florida PBS is one of 20 public broadcasters honored by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) at its annual conference held in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

WUCF received the 2017 NETA Award in the Community Engagement category for the response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Central Florida Helps took the words of Mister Rogers and the idea of “look to the helpers in times of crisis” and rallied around the community, highlighting helpers and ways anyone could get or give help. WUCF partnered with education researchers at the University of Central Florida and Community Based Care of Central Florida to provide parents tools and resources on how to talk to kids about tragedies.

WUCF also received the 2017 NETA Awards in the Content Creation category for the ongoing segment, Happy Healthy Kids. The segment features University of Central Florida Ph. D student Kelsey Evans engaging children using yoga poses and meditation to get them active and help them understand and express their emotions.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our public media peers for the work we are doing here in Central Florida,” said Dr. Phil Hoffman, WUCF Executive Director. “Both of these projects are especially important because they were created in response to what the community told us was needed. We are excited to continue our important work in telling the stories of Central Florida and help give children a solid foundation of educational content.”

This year’s NETA award winners were chosen by panels of judges working in specific disciplines at public television stations, national public media organizations, and related professional associations. The awards presentation was a highlight of NETA’s annual conference, held this year at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, DC.

NETA is a professional association organized in 1997 to serve and support public television licensees and affiliated educational organizations. The organization has member stations in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

Click here for a list of all 2017 NETA winners.