4.02.2009

Peabodys Get Digital: YouTube, Onion, NYTimes.com Win Awards

It's definitely the digital era.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Three dozen winners highlighting enormous changes in the communication media were announced Wednesday in the 2008 Peabody Awards.

Among them are the video-sharing Web site YouTube, the Onion News Network with its video parodies of newscasts and newsmakers and The New York Times Web site.

Peabody Director Horace Newcomb said this year's winners reflect new ways to distribute information, as well as diversity of content and genre.

"The list of winners this year clearly indicates a changing media environment that will continue to require judgment and evaluation through the Peabody Awards," he said.

Also getting Peabodys were "Lost," the ABC adventure serial; "The Giant Pool of Money," an explanation of the current fiscal crisis from public radio's "This American Life"; "Black Magic," ESPN's examination of the integration of basketball; and NBC's "Saturday Night Live" political satire during the campaign season.

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