Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America Grabs National Award
January 13, 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee –The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored 24 public broadcasters with awards for content production, promotion, outreach, and instructional media on Thursday. The celebratory presentation was part of NETA’s annual conference held at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville.
Mountain Lake PBS won the NETA Award for Content Production for Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America, which combines a state-of-the-art animated documentary about Samuel de Champlain with a robust website and comprehensive educational content.
The bi-lingual companion website, champlaininamerica.org, contains lesson plans created to assist teachers in using Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America in the classroom including an interpretive map and media clips. The plans were developed for students in grades 6 through 12 and align with New York State and National Learning Standards. At the core of the educational outreach is an interactive map that traces Champlain’s voyages from 1603 to 1616. To further the outreach, Mountain Lake PBS also sponsored a successful writing contest celebrating student authored newspaper articles about Champlain’s travels.
“The educational components of Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America are an exceptional resource for educators nationwide. It is an honor to be recognized by NETA for this project,” said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.
“The show was very well produced and ultimately did a good job of putting the viewer back in Champlain's time. Well done. Given the difficulty of doing such a historical documentary on a very important figure in the region, I think the station did an excellent job. Impressive lesson plans and outreach make this a complete package worthy of recognition,” said a judge from the awards panel.
The NETA Awards are annual recognition of member-produced excellence in public broadcasting, a tradition established more than forty years ago by the pioneering Southern Educational Communications Association.
NETA is a professional association founded in 1997 to serve public television licensees and affiliated educational organizations. The organization has members in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. NETA is headquartered in Columbia, SC.
See netaonline.org for additional information on the organization and its services.
About Mountain Lake PBS
Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.