CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pritzker Military Library was recognized among the elite of the Internet with the 2008 Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web, as announced Tuesday. In addition, the Library received a rare further distinction with recognition as an Official Honoree in two categories, for both Podcasts and Live Events & Broadcasts, which the Webby Awards recognizes as work "exhibiting remarkable achievement." This is the second consecutive year the Library has been recognized in the Events category and the first in the Podcast category. Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser. "The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "The Pritzker Military Library's two selections as an Official Honoree are a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators." "To be included among the best in these two areas is an extraordinary honor," said Ed Tracy, Executive Producer of Programs and host of the Library's Medal of Honor series. "This is a credit to our superb production team headed by Andrew Edeker, David Cannek and Leighton Shell and our IT staff headed by Troy Perkins who have worked tirelessly to bring the stories of our American military history and our current affairs programming to an international audience through the Internet." The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Out of more than the 10,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15% received this honor and were deemed an Official Honoree. The Pritzker Military Library joins a select few as an Official Honoree in multiple categories. In the category of Events and Live Broadcasts, the Library was joined by eight other organizations, including the National Hockey League and Universal Studios Hollywood. In the category of Podcasts, the Library was joined by twelve other organizations including CNN, NPR, The New Yorker, and ESPN. The Pritzker Military Library produces more than 50 free, public events per year with award-winning authors, Medal of Honor recipients, and panel discussions moderated by veteran broadcast journalist John Callaway. For more, visit pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
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