FRONTLINE Wins Three Webby Awards
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced today that FRONTLINE has won three Webby Awards, honoring the PBS series’ storytelling and journalism across multiple digital platforms and genres of media.
FRONTLINE’s website, which includes a collection of more than 300 streaming documentaries and a wealth of original digital journalism and interactives, was named a Webby Award winner in the “Websites and Mobile Sites: News & Politics” category. FRONTLINE’s website is a staff-wide effort, supported by digital team members Priyanka Boghani, Anthony DeLorenzo, Dan Nolan and Patrice Taddonio, digital editor Jennifer Wehunt and series senior editor Sarah Childress, among others. According to the Webbys’ judging criteria, the award encompasses not just the website’s content, but also its structure, navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, innovation and overall experience. FRONTLINE’s website was last recognized by the Webbys in 2013.
I’m Not A Monster, FRONTLINE’s 10-part podcast series in collaboration with BBC Sounds and BBC Panorama, was recognized with a Webby Award in the “Podcasts: Documentary” category. Hosted, written and reported by Josh Baker, I’m Not A Monster follows Baker’s years-long reporting expedition to uncover the truth about an American family’s journey from Indiana to the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate and back. The podcast is produced by Max Green and Joe Kent, and the production assistant is Lucie Sullivan. Additional production from James Edwards. Earlier this week, I’m Not A Monster was also the recipient of an Ambie Award for Best Documentary Podcast.
Finally, an Instagram version of Drawn From Memory — FRONTLINE’s interactive story sharing the illustrated, intimate and vivid stories of Holocaust survivors — was honored with the People’s Voice Webby Award in the “Social: Best Use of Stories” category. Produced by Zoë Todd and Michelle Mizner, illustrated by Éléonore Goldberg, designed by Dan Nolan, built by Anthony DeLorenzo, animation and social design by Miles Alvord, additional social editing by Katherine Griwert and Tessa Maguire, and senior produced by Carla Borrás. Drawn from Memory features the stories of people seen in FRONTLINE’s 2019 documentary, The Last Survivors. The People’s Voice Webby Award winners are chosen by the online voting public.
“It’s a privilege to see the scope of FRONTLINE’s digital storytelling acknowledged by both the Webby Award judges and People’s Voice voters,” says Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s executive producer. “We share these awards with our digital and social teams, with our podcast production team — and partners at BBC Panorama and BBC Sounds — and with our incredible FRONTLINE audience and community.”
This year’s Webby Award recipients were honored at the 25th annual awards ceremony, held virtually. FRONTLINE’s three Webby Award wins are the result of a record seven Webby Award nominations this year. Including this year’s award, FRONTLINE has won 13 Webby Awards to date.
You can read a full list of this year’s Webby Award winners here. Explore FRONTLINE’s Webby Award-winning website and the interactive Drawn from Memory project at pbs.org/frontline, and listen to the award-winning series I’m Not A Monster on pbs.org/frontline, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.