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The Peabody Media Center at the University of Georgia has named six winners of this year’s Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards for outstanding digital storytelling released in 2017.

peabody 12 may 2018“Once again, we are delighted to recognise unique and innovative storytelling in this evolving media landscape,” said Jeffrey Jones, director of the Peabody Media Center and executive director of the Peabody Awards. “These programmes use digital technologies in exciting ways that allow the public to envision new possibilities for delivering meaningful stories on diverse platforms.”

The Pudding (The Pudding and Polygraph) won for digital journalism; and The Space We Hold (Cult Leader & The National Film Board of Canada), which follows the tale of the 200,000 girls and young women forced into military sexual slavery during World War II, won for interactive documentary.

in the mobile category, Editions at Play (Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab) features “books powered by the magic of the internet” that challenge the limits of traditional presentation. One story uses visuals to grow, bloom and wilt like a flower, another allows users to change the text of a story, and third uses a mobile device’s camera to ramp up the tension of a ghost story.

In the video game category, Gorogoa (Buried Signal and Annapurna Interactive) immerses players in a multilayered world centered around four seemingly simple tiles that tell the tale of a boy’s quest while revealing messages about the connections between objects and spaces in life.

The virtual reality category had two winners. Dear Angelica (Oculus Story Studio) is an animated movie drawn entirely within VR, which transports the viewer into the memories a girl has of her mother, embarking on an adventure where they face lions, dragons and outer space.

And meanwhile, Miyubi (Felix and Paul Studios in collaboration with Funny or Die) is a long-form scripted virtual reality film,which brings viewers to 1980s suburban America to take on the life of Miyubi, a robot given to a boy from his dad as a birthday present after a trip to Japan.

The Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards honour groundbreaking digital narratives and the technologies used to tell these stories. Honourees are selected by the Peabody Student Honor Board and are deemed to have told a story that matters: a story that inspires empathy around the human condition, shapes our understanding of the world, transforms how we address important societal issues, and takes a chance with what it’s saying and how it’s told.