The Peabody Awards and Facebook teamed up to create the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, aimed at recognizing “excellence and innovation in digital storytelling.”
The five winners for 2015 were also named:
- Ebola Outbreak: A 360 Virtual Journey, Frontline, PBS
- Halal in the Family, Sweet 180 Productions
- Inheritance, Frontline, PBS
- Life Is Strange, Dontnod Entertainment
- One Year in Ferguson, St. Louis Public Radio
The Peabody Awards and Facebook said in a press release revealing the 2015 recipients:
This year’s award recipients represent a variety of approaches to digital storytelling, including a parody sitcom web series challenging anti-Muslim bias; the immersive experience provided by virtual reality technology for understanding the Ebola crisis; an interactive web documentary centered on memory, grieving and loss; a curated radio/audio-photography retelling of the complex story of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Mo.; and a non-linear video game that combines and subverts classic genres while challenging how video-game narratives are told.
Facebook director of global news and media partnerships Andy Mitchell added:
The pace of innovation in digital storytelling is inspiring, and these winners demonstrate some of the possibilities to leverage new technologies. To partner with Peabody on this award and have all of the winners shown on Facebook Live, one of the many new digital products inspiring this innovation, is an honor.
And Peabody Awards director Jeffrey P. Jones said:
I couldn’t be more pleased to have Facebook, one of the pre-eminent technology and media companies in the world, as our partner for these awards. These award winners represent the cutting edge of how stories can be told in digital spaces. Facebook is at the forefront of shaping how we learn about, share, discuss and experience stories such as these.
Readers: What did you think of the first five winners of the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award?