NABJ Awards GlobalGirl Media’s Imani Crenshaw with its Gannett Foundation Award
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to
announce that Imani Crenshaw, reporter and producer for GlobalGirl Media, will
receive of the organization’s Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in
Watchdog Journalism for the webisode series, "Como Amar/How to Love.”
The $5,000 award, funded by
a grant from the Gannett Foundation, recognizes groundbreaking
journalists in their quest to help communities understand and address important
issues through creativity and the use of digital tools. The award will be
presented at the 38th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, FL, on
July 31 during the opening ceremony.
"NABJ is committed to
raising awareness of issues that affect communities of color and the ‘How to
Love’ series does an excellent job of addressing hot-button issues including
body image, teen pregnancy, and the state of health education in schools,” said
NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "We are proud to partner with the Gannett
Foundation to recognize our member Imani Crenshaw and GlobalGirl Media for
their impactful work."
GlobalGirl Media worked with
a group of young women in Los Angeles to produce an original webisode series,
titled "Como Amar” (How to Love), helping them develop news literacy, digital
production and critical thinking skills which will amplify their views and
concerns about health and sexuality today.
Crenshaw’s episode on body
image explored media interpretations of women, provided personal accounts from
teen girls on how they feel about their bodies, and featured interviews with
scholars about how societal views on beauty promote competition between women
and poor self-image in young girls.
Born and raised in Los
Angeles, Crenshaw joined GlobalGirl Media in 2011 as a reporter. She is
studying broadcast journalism at Hampton University and she said this award will
help her pursue her goals.
"I want to thank NABJ and
the Gannett Foundation for selecting me and GlobalGirl Media to receive this
exceptional award. Receiving this prestigious honor at such a young age
is inspiring to me and has boosted my confidence. I plan to have a
distinguished career as a broadcast journalist. This award has given me the
financial boost that I needed in order to continue my educational journey and
pursue my journalism goals. To win a national award shows me and hopefully will
show other young journalists that faith, hard work, and dedication can bring
GlobalGirl Media, a 501 (c)
(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering high school age girls
from under-served communities around the world through media, leadership and
journalistic training to have a voice in the global media universe and their
own futures. The organization supplies the equipment, education and support
necessary to help young women become digital and blog journalists, bringing
their own unique perspective on their lives, their communities and world events
to the global web and social media community.
"We are thrilled to be
honored by NABJ for Imani's work and the overall mission of GlobalGirl Media,
which is to empower young women through new digital media to tell their
stories, which we see as critical to building a stronger, safer, and more
diverse global news network that champions women," said Amie Williams,
Executive Director and Co-Founder of GlobalGirl Media.
For more information on
GlobalGirl Media, please visit http://globalgirlmedia.org/.
Click here to watch the series, "Como Amar (How to Love).”
An advocacy group
established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for
journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as
educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information,
please visit www.nabj.org.