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Sonic Foundry Announces Rich Media Impact Finalists

May 5, 2006 3:50 PM

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Sonic Foundry, a leader in automated rich media communications technology, today announced the finalists for its second annual Rich Media Impact Awards program. Sonic Foundry will recognize 22 organizations across eight categories at a special awards luncheon Thursday, June 8 in Orlando during InfoComm 2006. Winners will be announced at that time.

Mediasite is a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The Mediasite webcasting and content management system automates the capture and delivery of presentations and lectures via the web. Sonic Foundry launched the Rich Media Impact Awards program last year to recognize excellence in the practical and creative integration of its webcasting technology in business, education, health and government. Finalists successfully demonstrate how rich media transformed their organizations through measurable improvements in accessibility, cost savings, efficiency and productivity.

"We could not have offered such an award just five years ago, and now organizations throughout the world are using this technology across multiple disciplines for the betterment of those they serve," said Darrin Coulson, senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Sonic Foundry. "The caliber of this year's finalists has increased in direct proportion to the generous number of nominations we received. The bar has truly been raised."

2006 Rich Media Impact Award Finalists
The Rich Media Impact Awards Program honors organizations who use the Mediasite system in innovative ways that benefit their employees, constituents, partners and the general public.

Enterprise Award
This award recognizes a company who improved its business outcomes through rich media communication. The 2006 finalists are EMC Insurance, Lockheed Martin and Michaels & Associates.

Government Award
This award recognizes a local, state or federal government initiative that implemented rich media for training and outreach. The 2006 finalists are the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation and National Center for State Courts.

Global Reach Award
This award recognizes any successful initiative that reached the international community through rich media. The 2006 finalists are Allergan and York Telecom/ Ross University.

Facility Design Award
This award recognizes a professional AV design or consulting firm that created innovative rich media rooms and facilities. The 2006 finalists are The Sextant Group, Inc. for East Carolina University and Shen Milsom & Wilke for the Maryland House of Delegates.

Excellence in Distance Education Award
This award recognizes a higher education institution that transformed its distance education program with rich media. The 2006 finalists are Clemson University, Duquesne University, North Carolina State University, UCLA Anderson School of Management and Wayne State University.

Scholastic Achievement Award
This award recognizes a school district or other organization serving the K-12 educational community that harnessed the power of rich media to improve communication, learning and outreach. The 2006 finalists are Richmond Community Schools and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.

Healthcare Award
This award recognizes an organization that implemented rich media to benefit health and wellness. The 2006 finalists are Riverside Community College Nursing Department, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Rapid ROI Award
This award recognizes an organization that used rich media to quickly achieve a measurable ROI in its training, communications or outreach initiatives. The 2006 finalists are Berbee Information Networks Corporation, Villanova University and York University.

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