Denver 8 TV Receives National Video Awards
City programming and coverage scores top awards in recognition as best government TV in U.S.
The City of Denver's municipal access cabel television channel, Denver 8 TV, received top honors for its coverage of Denver City Council and the overall presentation of the TV channel with first place awards at this year's Government Programming Awards national video competition held on October 1, 2010 by the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) during their national convention held in Washington, D.C.
Denver 8's video services work with the Denver Public Library also continued its streak of recognition garnering a second place trophy for its animated PSA about last year's "Summer of Reading Program".
Three other programs also finished in the top 5 nationally:
- A short subject video on Denver Public Art Program
- A short subject video on Denver's Electronic Montioring Program
- Denver 8's Election Coverage during the 2009 cycle
Denver continues to define "best practice" and leads the nation in providing top quality coverage of Public/Community meetings. Denver 8 TV has a long history of success in this category garnering multiple first place awards over the years for its significant role in providing government transparency through it careful coverage, quality production values and watchable approach to city meetings, including City Council, Auditor's Office, Clerk and Recorder and the Citizen Oversight Board.
Viewers can readily see how well the channel presents the city's brand in its overall presentation style or "lool" of the channel. This package of city and channel logo animations, program style wrappers and station identifications gained the top aware for Visual Arts. A noticeable element of this channel look is the incorporation of the City's logo and distribution of the four-color scheme over a seasonal rotation as well as its use of animation.
Work creating videos for other city agencies additionally have been successful for the city. Over the past year Denver 8 collaborated with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs for the Public Art video, giving viewers insight into the scope and value of Denver's creative public display program.
Public safety and cost effective criminal justice is the impetus behind Denver's Electronic Monitoring system. This recognized video produced also brought viewers behind-the-scenes to learn how the process works and its value as a tool of the courts.
Another vital citizen service provided by Denver 8 is Election Coverage. In 2009, the collaborative "Denver Decides" series of candidate introductions, ballot preview programs and face-to-face forums gave viewers rare and unique coverage of the races and candidates. These programs were recognized during the awards event.
The NATOA Government Programming Awards honor the highest quality of municipal government television programming and represent the extraordinary achievements by local governments in the production of quality programming for our nation's citizens.
Denver 8 TV, Denver's Municipal Access station, captured the awards in a nationwide competition sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Adivsors (NATOA) held this year in Washington, D.C., September 29th through October 2nd.