Sonic Foundry Names Finalists for Fifth Annual Rich Media Impact Awards

Adding two new awards, company honors organizations transforming the way they learn and work with Mediasite

MADISON, Wis., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced the finalists for its fifth annual Rich Media Impact Awards program, including the finalists for two new awards that recognize prolific use of webcasting and enhanced student experience through rich media. Launched to showcase excellence in the practical and creative integration of the Mediasite webcasting platform in education, business, health and government, the awards honor organizations that have demonstrated measurable improvements in accessibility, cost savings, efficiency and productivity.

"The work of these finalists represents the continuous innovation that is happening among Mediasite customers worldwide. They're providing education beyond the physical classroom walls, achieving unprecedented business outcomes in a challenging economic environment and much more," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "We are thrilled to honor the landmark successes that these organizations have achieved with rich media."

2009 Rich Media Impact Award Finalists

NEW Prolific Use Award: recognizes an organization that has dramatically scaled its rich media program to achieve a broad deployment across its enterprise or record number of presentations, views or audiences. The 2009 finalists are Chapman University Media Services & Academic Technology and Fox School of Business at Temple University.

NEW Student Impact Award: recognizes an individual student, as well as his/her college or university, whose educational experience has been enhanced through rich media. The 2009 finalists are Jenna Lombardo, attending Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, and Adeline Justeson, RN, attending California State University Fullerton Department of Nursing.

Enterprise Award: recognizes an organization who improved its business outcomes through rich media communication. The 2009 finalists are Cadence Design Systems and Russell Investments.

Excellence in Education Award: recognizes a higher education institution that enhanced learning and outreach through rich media. The 2009 finalists are California State University San Marcos and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Facility Design Award: recognizes a Mediasite customer and/or professional AV design or consulting firm that created innovative rich media rooms and facilities. The 2009 finalists are Ashland University Instructional Technology Support Group and EDHEC Business School.

Global Reach Award: recognizes any successful initiative that connected the international community through rich media. The 2009 finalists are Ashland University Instructional Technology Support Group and Florida State University GEOSET.

Government Award: recognizes a local, state or federal government initiative that implemented rich media for training and outreach. The 2009 finalists are The Center for Rural Development and National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Healthcare Award: recognizes an organization that implemented rich media to benefit health and wellness. The 2009 finalists are Hospice Education Network, Inc. and Ontario Hospital Association.

Rapid ROI Award: recognizes an organization that used rich media to quickly achieve a measurable ROI in its training, communications or outreach initiatives. The 2009 finalists are Northwestern University Prosthetics- Orthotics Center and The Schallert Group.

Scholastic Achievement 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 2009 finalists Memphis City Schools and University of Cincinnati.

An on-demand webcast catalog of finalist presentations, as well as honorable mention submissions and honorees from past years, is available at Winners will be announced at a special awards dinner Tuesday, April 28 in Madison, Wisconsin during UNLEASH 2009, the company's third annual Mediasite User Conference ( Sonic Foundry Event Services will webcast the awards ceremony live, available at, at 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Finalists will also be showcased on the Sonic Foundry website and in advertising in the June/July issue of Streaming Media Magazine as well as other publications throughout the year.

Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry's Mediasite has set the standard as a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for more than 1,500 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.

Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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