Each year, the Peabody Awards honor excellence in television, radio, and digital media, and the expertise of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development helped jurors make those decisions again in 2017.

For the second consecutive year, faculty from the Fanning Institute tailored a consensus building process designed to engage the Board of Jurors in an interactive experience to ensure balanced discussions and a sense of shared responsibility for the Peabody final round of voting.

The voting process is designed to keep the jurors focused on the Peabody vision to recognize stories that matter and streamline discussions among the board. It combines facilitation techniques, a visual system to make it easier for jurors to track decisions, and anonymous voting technology to help gauge the passion in the room around the entries.

Winning a Peabody requires a unanimous vote, and jurors said it had been difficult in the past to reach consensus before implementing the new process to select the winners that the Fanning Institute developed and implemented.

This year, jurors selected 60 finalists after evaluating more than 1,200 entries in news, entertainment, documentaries, children’s programming, education, radio, and public service.