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"JobQuest" wins second consecutive Emmy

Julie Newman accepts the Emmy(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS was honored Saturday, June 25, 2011 with a regional Emmy Award.  The station won its second consecutive Emmy for “JobQuest,” recognized again for outstanding community service broadcasting. “JobQuest” also won its second VAB Award for public service. “Positive Parenting” and “HealthQuest” took top VAB honors for news and feature reporting, respectively, while BlueRidgePBS.org won in the web site category. 

The prestigious Emmy for community service is the only award category that recognizes the work of an entire station, rather than an individual. 

“Earning a second Emmy Award is a tremendous achievement for the station, ‘JobQuest’ community partners, Blue Ridge PBS corporate underwriters and our members,” said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. “The Emmy is the broadcast industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence. What makes this award even more gratifying is that we competed against commercial and public television stations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Some of these stations have much larger organizations, but Blue Ridge PBS has the community support and dedicated staff it takes to make great, relevant television programs.”

 “JobQuest” community partners were involved in many aspects of the program, which helped people get back to work in the worst economy since the Depression. From promotional activities to prominent on-camera roles during live broadcasts, the following organizations made important contributions to the series: The Roanoke Times, WDBJ7, Virginia Western & New River Community Colleges, Roanoke’s Economic Development Office, Roanoke Regional Office of the Virginia Employment Commission, The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce; Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management; Virginia Economic Bridge; and National College.

 

Blue Ridge PBS nominated for second consecutive Emmy Award

"JobQuest" series recognized again for outstanding community service

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS has been nominated for another regional Emmy Award for "JobQuest," the series that helped get people back to work in the worst economy since the Depression. This is the second consecutive nomination for "JobQuest" in the Emmy’s community service category.

Nominations were announced by representatives from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Emmy is the broadcast industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

"What sets ‘JobQuest’ apart from other programs is the frequent involvement of so many community partners that invested so much time and energy into the production," said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. "I’m honored and very proud of our team, including our great community friends."

"JobQuest," which aired monthly from January 2009 through March 2010, was a live, hour-long series that created an interactive, multimedia platform to arm viewers with critical job-search skills and advice. Each episode of "JobQuest" featured 60 quality job openings throughout the region, complemented by up to six "how-to" segments, teaching people how to land a job. Segment examples included how to write a resume and cover letter, how to dress for an interview, how to respond to interview questions and how to fill out an online application. In addition, human resources professionals responded to viewer inquiries throughout the broadcast, by phone and Twitter. "JobQuest" also offered a free a resume review service at viewer request.

The program’s tremendous success was possible thanks to the participation of the following community partners: The Roanoke Times, WDBJ7, Virginia Western & New River Community Colleges, Roanoke’s Economic Development Office, Roanoke Regional Office of the Virginia Employment Commission, The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce; Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management; Virginia Economic Bridge and National College.

Full episodes of "JobQuest" and many of the program’s "how-to" segments are available online at BlueRidgePBS.org.

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