Monday, November 4, 2019

NASA astronauts present awards for science report and science documentary at the News and Documentary Emmys

NASA's participation in the Emmy Awards extended beyond winning two Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  Two NASA astronauts helped present the science awards at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  Before that happened, the space agency was the subject of a special retrospective about news coverage of space focusing on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.  Watch NASA at The News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Right after that, the two astronauts presented Outstanding Science, Medical or Environmental Report.

Nora Zimmett of The Weather Channel accepts the Outstanding Science, Medical or Environmental Report Emmy Award for AMHQ, "Dangers of Tornadoes Depicted Through Immersive Mixed Reality."
I appreciate her explanation of the importance of what The Weather Channel is doing.  They don't simply exploit risk for viewers.

In addition to winning an Emmy, the segment provided the finale of Last Week Tonight - And Now This: The Weather Channel's Graphics Department Is Insane.

From the October 7, 2018 episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver".
I'm pretty sure that The Weather Channel will not "take it down a notch" as long as their use of graphics is winning awards.  As I first wrote in Did Hurricane Irene live up to the hype? The numbers say yes eight years ago, "expect more dramatic coverage from The Weather Channel in the future, not less."  This award says I was right.

The final category the astronauts presented was Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary.

Cristina Costantini of National Geographic accepts the Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary Emmy Award for Science Fair.
I'm glad to see "Science Fair" win.  I first mentioned it in 'Dark Money,' 'Hitler's Hollywood' and 'RBG' lead Best Political Documentary nominees at the 2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards and again in The highest grossing and most honored political documentaries of 2018.  As I wrote in the first link, "I like the first because I teach science, while the second is a more serious film that examines the effects of mandatory minimum sentencing.  Both public education and prisons are functions of government and the laws that govern both are political issues."

I have a few other News and Documentary Emmy Award winners I wish to write about, but only after election coverage and a driving update.  Stay tuned.

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