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2010.03.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Franklin Receives National Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Omaha - Robert Franklin, general manager of KVNO-FM/UNO Television and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), received a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting March 20 in Washington, D.C.

The My Source Education Innovation Awards recognize and showcase how public broadcasting stations use pioneering approaches and emerging digital technologies to serve the educational needs of their communities on-air, online and in the classroom.

“I accept this award on behalf of the supportive media managers and participating community organizations in Omaha that assisted me in making the Omaha Kids Coalition possible,” Franklin said.

Franklin helped form the Omaha Kids Coalition, an award-winning public service project dedicated to integrating the efforts of nonprofit agencies serving at-risk youth. Through classroom documentary projects focusing on obesity and homelessness, UNO students learned how to increase civic engagement and foster a climate where citizen journalism flourishes.

The award was presented to Franklin by Pat Harrison at the Council of Chief State School Officers/Public Media Executive Summit. Franklin will receive a $3,000 grant to further support the Omaha Kids Coalition.

As a facet of their public service mission, UNO Television and Classical 90.7 KVNO-FM on the UNO campus provide unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment. Increasingly, emerging digital technologies form an important component in addressing and educating audiences on the issues facing the local community and the world.

UNO Television, in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM), provides television production, program distribution and educational services to a diverse group of users on a local, regional and national level. CFAM’s KVNO Radio serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. KVNO is committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, maximizing the value of its services through communication technologies, and assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is a steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It supports the operations of more than 1,200 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. It is the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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