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Deadline HAS PASSED FOR 2014 


The committees solicit nominations of journalism professionals, educators, and students who have distinguished themselves with integrity, courage, innovation, achievement, leadership, and influence on those within the profession. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement, Legacy, Percy Qoboza and Journalism Educator of the Year Awards, each nominee’s contributions and deeds should have occurred between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Complete the online nomination form below.

The nomination statement should outline the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Incomplete and self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators may nominate more than one candidate. Winners of Lifetime Achievement, Legacy, Emerging Journalist, Percy Qoboza and Journalism Educator of the Year award are not eligible to win the award again. Winners in the remaining categories may win in consecutive or subsequent years.


Judging

The Special Honors committee reviews all entries and forwards recommendations to the NABJ Board of Directors, which names the winners. NABJ reserves the right not to name a winner in any particular category in any given year.

Special Honor Categories:


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 

Awarded to a black print, broadcast or photojournalist with a minimum of 15 years in the industry. Nominees in the category may be living or deceased and must have or still be making an extraordinary contribution to the enrichment, understanding or advancement of black life and culture. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


LEGACY AWARD 

Awarded to a black print, broadcast or photojournalist of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers and blazed trails. Nominees may be living or deceased and have contributed to the understanding or advancement of people and issues in the African Diaspora. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 

Awarded to a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work, a story, series or photographs published or aired during the period of eligibility that was extraordinary in depth, scope or significance to people in the African Diaspora. A previous Journalist of the Year winner may be nominated again for work he or she did during the eligibility period. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


EMERGING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 

Awarded to a black print, broadcast or Photojournalist with fewer than five years of experience in the industry, excluding internships. Nominees must - through their work and service - display a commitment to NABJ's goal of outstanding achievement by black journalists and providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large. Previous winners are not eligible. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 

Awarded to a black full-time collegiate journalist who has excelled within the field of journalism through a story, body of work, series or photograph(s) published or aired during the period of eligibility. The student can be in print, broadcast, radio, photography, magazine or new media and must display a strong commitment to NABJ and academics. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


JOURNALISM EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

This award serves to recognize the service, commitment and academic guidance of an outstanding journalism teacher, professor or educator. The candidate must teach or advise students within the field of journalism at t high school or an accredited four-year college or university, and have helped to increase the number of black journalists in newsrooms. Nominations must document the candidate's work and may include, but not be limited to, teaching plans, speeches and statements and how long he or she has been an educator. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


PERCY QOBOZA FOREIGN JOURNALIST AWARD

Awarded to a foreign journalist who has done extraordinary work while overcoming tremendous obstacles that contributes to the enrichment, understanding or advancement of people or issues in the African Diaspora. The honor is not open to journalists working for American-based publications. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Awarded to a black journalist who has had a positive impact on the black community outside the normal realm of journalism. Nominations must document the candidate's outreach to the community. Documentation may include clips, articles, supporting letters and certificates via web links. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.


BEST PRACTICES

Awarded to a news organization for exemplar y work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora and/or f or its efforts in increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management during the eligibility period. Nominations must be accompanied by documentation of the candidate's work. Documentation for print or photojournalists should include web link to samples of work. Nominations for broadcast journalists must include web links of the nominee's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination. Documentation f or diversity efforts should include, but not be limited to, actual numbers.


THUMBS DOWN 

Awarded to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartoon about the black community published or aired during the eligibility period or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of the National Association of Black Journalists.


CHAPTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to a NABJ professional affiliate chapter for its accomplishments during the eligibility period. Criteria should include, but not be limited to, the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter, the number of new members who have joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's community activities and programs. Nominations must include a recommendation letter - typed, double-spaced, and no more than 500 words - from the regional director, who may suggest more than one chapter. If the director belongs to a nominated chapter, the recommendation should come from the deputy regional director or the president of another local chapter in the region. Nominations should be accompanied by documentation that may include published reports, chapter newsletters and statements - no more than 100 words - from members recommending their chapter. All documentation must be uploaded on a website or multiple web links. 


STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE YEAR 

Awarded to a NABJ student chapter for accomplishments during the eligibility period. Criteria should include, but not be limited to, the number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's campus and community activities and programs. Nominations must include recommendation letters - typed, double-spaced, no more than 500 words - from both the regional director, who may suggest more than one chapter, and the chapter's advisor. Nominations should be accompanied by documentation that may include published reports, chapter newsletters and statements - no more than 100 words - from chapter members. Each entry must include the chapter's name and address, its president's name; its advisor's name and phone number, and when the chapter was founded. 


PAT TOBIN MEDIA PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Awarded to an entrepreneur, public relations/advertising/marketing professional, or media owner that serves as a trailblazer in the media realm and is responsible for a positive impact of black coverage and the media profession. The candidate must through their work and service display a commitment to NABJ's goal of fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements in black journalism and outstanding achievement in the media industry as a whole. Previous winners are not eligible. Nominations must document the candidate's work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.

 

 


 

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