Industry oldest awards, UGA’s Peabody Awards Issues 71st Annual Call for Entries.
broadcasters and webcasters, news directors, documentarians and makers of dramas, comedies and children’s fare are starting to ask a crucial question: Was my work in 2011 worthy of a Peabody Award?

The Peabodys’ 71st annual search for excellence is officially underway. “Call for Entries” invitations have been mailed to program producers and presenters around the world, supplemented by Twitter and Facebook alerts and by advertising in media-industry publications.

The entry deadline is Friday, January 13, 2012. Original broadcast, cablecast and webcast programs presented in the calendar year 2011 are eligible. Entrants may apply online at

The Peabody Awards, administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in electronic media, established in 1940 to commend and encourage ambitious radio programming. Today the Peabodys recognize distinguished achievement and public service by television and radio stations, broadcast and cable networks, producing organizations, individuals and the Internet.

They’re also the world’s most selective and prestigious honor, bestowed by a 16-member board of  TV critics, industry practitioners, scholars and experts in culture and fine arts whose lodestar is excellence, regardless of category or genre.

At the 70th  annual Peabody Awards ceremony in May,  talk-show legend Larry King  presided over the presentation of 38 medallions at New York’s Waldorf=Astoria.  Recipients were as distinctive and different as FX’s modern-day Western Justified and’s The Cost of War: Traumatic Brain Injury; Coming Home a Different Person,   WNYC-FM’s Radiolab and Indianapolis TV station WTHR’s Reality Check: Where Are the Jobs?, a expose of bogus economic development projects.

And I was there covering the ceremony (Hope I get invited this year too)

Will you enter the Peabody Awards process?