65th Annual Peabody Awards call for entries

ATHENS, Ga. – Call for entries for the 65th annual George Foster Peabody Awards is in the mail. More than 100,000 electronic media professionals – worldwide – will receive the mailing. Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in 2005 are eligible. The entry deadline is Jan. 17, 2006. Entrants may apply online at www.peabody.uga.edu.

The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in television and radio. Today the Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web.

Winners of the 64th annual Peabody Award included Grant Tinker, who received an Individual Peabody, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ‘Indecision 2004,Ҕ as well as first-ever awards to CNBC, TRIO, Link TV and Univision. Multiple citations were awarded to HBO, Cinemax, BBC America and New York’s WNYC Radio.

The Peabody Award, considered the most selective and prestigious honor for electronic media programming, is unique in that there are no categories for entry or nominations. Entries are judged by a 15-member board that includes television critics, industry practitioners, scholars and experts in culture and fine arts.

For more information regarding the Peabody Awards or to request an entry form, call 706/542-3787, e-mail the Peabody office at peabody@uga.edu or visit the Peabody Web site at www.peabody.uga.edu.

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2005. It provides seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, considered the electronic broadcasting industry’s most prestigious prize. For more information, visit www.grady.uga.edu.