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AFTRA Website Wins Award For Best Design And General Excellence From The ILCA

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 21, 2010) – Venice Consulting Group's Client, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO), today announced its website has recieved two 1st place awards from the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) 2010 Labor Media Awards.

The website,, was awarded First Award for two categories: General Excellence and Best Design by an International/National union.

From AFTRA’s press release -  “I'm very happy our series on the newsroom has been recognized,” said AFTRA member Ed Fry who is the Editorial Board Chair overseeing AFTRA Magazine and the co-chair of the Union’s IT Committee, which oversees “Changes in working conditions is of primary concern to our union and we will continue to explore these changes as new technologies create them.

The judges said of the series, which focused on the desire of some broadcast employers to have reporters become Multi-Media Journalists, "Well done. This piece thoughtfully presented the pros and cons of the changeover where reporters now do camera, sound and editing work, too. Very informative, with union members telling what they like and hate about the changes." Click here to read the series online at (Part One) and (Part Two).

The ILCA is a nonpartisan, non-profit professional organization for union publications and media production departments for international, national, regional and local affiliates of the AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress. The Labor Media Awards honors excellence in a variety of categories, from print to multimedia and will be presented at the ILCA’s awards luncheon on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.

For a list of winners, go to:

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at


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