National Public Broadcasting Award
Robert Franklin, general manager of KVNO-FM/UNO Television and an assistant professor at UNO, received a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting March 20 in Washington, D.C.
Franklin, shown above with Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO and President Pat Harrison, helped form the Omaha Kids Coalition, an award-winning public service project dedicated to integrating the efforts of nonprofit agencies serving at-risk youth.
The My Source Education Innovation Awards recognize and showcase how public broadcasting stations use pioneering approaches and emerging digital technologies to serve the educational needs of their communities on-air, online and in the classroom.
“I accept this award on behalf of the supportive media managers and participating community organizations in Omaha that assisted me in making the Omaha Kids Coalition possible,” Franklin
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UNO Television and KVNO Radio Media Operations Director Dr. Robert Franklin received four top honors, including: Best Photo Essay for “Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa;” Best Television Feature Story for “Homeless Street Youth of Addis Ababa;” Best Service to Community for “The Omaha Kids Coalition” community outreach initiative; and Best Commentary for the “Homeless in Nebraska” radio documentary.
“These awards exemplify the commitment of our faculty and staff to growing our audiences, to maximizing the value of our services through communication technologies and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting," said Dr. Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). "The educational experiences that students in our communication programs receive are greatly enhanced by opportunities to learn from and work side-by-side with award-winning media professionals."
Franklin's Production of William Warfield Documentary: A Return To His Roots Receives Multiple AwardsWilliam Warfield, a Helena, Arkansas native and world acclaimed bass baritone, was the subject of a KASU documentary, “A Return to His Roots: A Portrait of William Warfield”. The documentary recently received several local and national wards including the Arkansas Society of Professional Journalist's 2001 Best Feature Award. It also was a national finalist in the 2001 Silver Microphone Competition in Waco, Texas. The National Catholic Association for Communicators, sponsor of the prestigious Gabriel Awards, awarded the documentary its 2001 Certificate of Merit Award. The Merit Award proclaims a value-centered view of society and humanity, and it raises our consciousness to focus and what is right and good.The Gabriel Awards will be presented in October in San Antonio, Texas. The awards are sponsored by Unda-USA, the National Catholic Association for Communicators. The association brings together people who are working to communicate gospel values through today's powerful media. Unda-USA is a national network of broadcasters, communications directors, public relations personnel, independent producers and syndicators, and other media professionals. This national network provides an opportunity to share the how's and why's of communications with other professionals.Out of nearly 3,800 entries from 33 countries, the documentary received a 2001 CINDY Silver Award from the International CINDY Competition in California. The documentary placed in the top 15% of all programming entered. The executive producer of the documentary, “A Return to His Roots: A Portrait of William Warfield” was Bob Franklin, station manager of KASU.