JOHNSTON, IOWA (April 15, 2019) - The Iowa Broadcast News Association held their annual convention and awards event Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Johnston. Along with being recognized for its 50 years of service, Iowa Public Television was recognized for work in four large market television award categories: IN-DEPTH/SERIES Joni's Journey: A Journey Back to the Family Farm and A Family Settles Into a New Life on the Farm by John Torpy, Market to Market producer: 1st Place. BEST USE OF ONLINE MEDIA Ag Justice Series by Colleen Bradford Krantz, Market to Market producer; Taylor Shore, digital content manager; Danny Engesser, web/DVD designer and developer; Randy Garza, web developer; David Miller, Market to Market executive producer: 1st Place. SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY (OVER-THE-AIR) Spartan Effort - 5A IGHSAU State Softball Championships by Paul Yeager and Laura Leonard, announcers: 1st Place. FARM AND AGRIBUSINESS Down Market Pressuring Dairy Farmers by Peter Tubbs, Market to Market producer: Honorable Mention. IPTV competes in the large market, television category against stations in the Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs/Omaha and Des Moines TV markets. All awards recognize entries that were broadcast or posted online during the 2018 calendar year. IBNA is a non-profit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states, working together to improve electronic media news for member stations and the public. As part of its mission to further electronic media journalism, IBNA sponsors several programs, including recognizing excellence in Iowa broadcast news through these annual awards.
Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television-network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial-programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at Iptv.org.