Washingtonpost.com Wins Peabody Award for ‘Being a Black Man’ Site

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By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post’s Web site has been honored with a Peabody Award for a site it created called “Being a Black Man>.” The awards, which are given each year by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, celebrate the best in electronic media.

The online series noted that black men in America who number over 18 million, “often feel caught between individual achievements and collective failures, defined more by their images in popular culture than their lived experiences.” The site says it aimed to explore, what it means to be a black man today, including video interviews with black men from all walks of life and other multimedia features, which were added to the site periodically throughout the year.

The Peabody board called the Post’s site “revelatory,” and said it “went far beyond dire statistics and inspiring testimonials, allowing visitors to see, hear and respond to a huge range of history and personal experience.”

The Post also won an Emmy award last year in the category of “outstanding achievement in content for non-traditional delivery platforms,” for its 2005 video coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans (as well as the return of the residents of Jefferson Parish to their homes).

“Winning a Peabody is a great honor for washingtonpost.com, both because of the prestige of the award itself and because it shows what’s possible for a traditional print organization in this new world,” the site’s executive editor Jim Brady told E&P. “Winning awards like last year’s Emmy and this Peabody just weren’t possible for The Post before the Web.”

The awards will honored 34 other media outlets as well at its awards banquet on June 14th in New York.

“This year the Peabody Board reviewed an amazing array of outstanding material,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. “The result is that our work becomes more difficult — and more rewarding — as creators and producers of electronic media develop more and more powerful, important, and engaging work.”

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