In a collaboration between Video Film Web Studios and H-Quin Productions, the Platinum Pias Media Network starts with education. The Platinum PIAs Awards are the Oscars of Beauty, Entertainment and Education recognizing outstanding achievements in the use of Digital Communication Arts to build community. The theme of this year’s PIA Awards is “Giving Back”.Giving back includes participation from media network sub-hubs including NYC AIM, Digital Communication Arts, Lights Camera Read, Magic Neighbors troupe, Help the Homeless NYC, Media Space NYC, Review Me NYC, Celebify and “What is Mass Communication?”
NYC AIM is the New York City Apprentices in Media which is an educational and vocational organization committed to empowering students for entrepreneurship and employment by giving them real world experience working on a media network. This year’s NYCAIM PIA is being awarded to interns who show excellent promise for succeeding in the media field.
Digital Communication Arts is the art and science of using media to broadcast a message to achieve a result. A memorable moment from this year’s Digital Communication Arts workshop series at the New York Public Library is when Shacara Mclauren, a bullying survivor and “American Idol” contestant, came to speak to workshop participants as an ambassador for Stomp Out Bullying. The theme of this year’s DigiComArts PIA is anti-bullying.
The Lights Camera Read contest is the competition held through the New York Public Library in which students write stories inspired by books. And if their tale is chosen as a winner it is performed by the Magic Neighbors Troupe. A memorable moment from this year’s Lights Camera Read program is when children’s book author Justin Tuck of the New York Giants, was interviewed by Lights Camera Read magazine and gave coaching and writing tips to young writers entering the contest. The theme of this year’s Lights Camera Read PIA is to write a piece based on the phrase “You can’t borrow honey from a zombie because…”
The Magic Neighbors Troupe is the theater group that does community outreach by performing the winning tales of Lights Camera Read. This year’s Magic Neighbors PIA will be awarded to participants in outreach performances for children of shelters.
Help the Homeless NYC at is the organization that recognizes businesses and their customers for helping the homeless. This year’s Help the Homeless NYC PIA is being awarded to partipants in the City Harvest and Nurture the Children charity events as well as homelessness prevention through education support such as donating school supplies.
Media Space NYC is the network of over 70 blogs and publications that that are in partnership to bring a message of hope and communication to various online neighborhoods. This year’s Media Space NYC PIA is being awarded for outstanding journalism in the network.
Review Me NYC helps people support people by creating a forum in which testimonials can be posted. These testimonials in turn count toward winning a PIA. This year’s Review Me NYC PIA is being awarded to the person who gets the most positive reviews.
Celebify recognizes undervalued artists and others who do not receive the attention they deserve. This year’s Celebify PIA will be awarded to artists and their documenters for making progress in gaining visibility.
What Is Mass Communication? – is the study of people who through mass communication have made a difference in the world. This year’s Mass Communication PIA is being awarded to a public figure behind a good cause. A memorable moment from this year’s “What Is Mass Communication?” journalism is when Alex Corrado of Platinum PIAs magazine interviewed two PIA nominees and reality stars who are both strong supporters of children’s charities. These stars are Tracy DiMarco of “Jerseylicious” and Jacquline Laurita of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”. This year’s “Mass Communication” PIA will be awarded to a celebrity or emerging celebrity who has had a meaningful impact on society.