NABJ Announces 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards Finalists
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
ABC News Senior
Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas and NABJ Founder DeWayne Wickham Amongst
WASHINGTON, DC (May
16, 2012) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced
today the finalists for its 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards. The competition
honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public
relations. Winners will be announced Saturday, June 23 at a gala celebration
during NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, the
largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the country.
"This year entries
reflected the largest news stories and headlines that captured our attention.
From pieces on the economy, to the FAMU hazing incident, and the dedication of
the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the range and quality of work submitted
for these awards was highly impressive,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr.
Entries were judged
on content, creativity, innovation, use of the medium and relevance to the
black community. Hosts for this year’s gala will be Michelle Miller from CBS News, and ESPN’s Stan Verrett.
"This year’s Salute
to Excellence entries were top-notch, truly some of the best submissions we have
ever seen,” said Ray Metoyer, National Salute to Excellence Awards Chair. "It is always great to see that good journalism is
being done everywhere, not just in the major markets. These are the kind of
stories that are captivating and worthy of recognition.”
At this year's gala, NABJ is
honored to bestow its Journalist of the Year Award to ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas for leading
ABC's coverage of many of last year's top stories, including the shooting of
Congressman Gabrielle Giffords and the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
NABJ is also
pleased to award NABJ founder and past president DeWayne Wickham with the organizations Lifetime
Achievement Award for his amazing impact and commitment to the profession.
For a complete list
of the 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards finalists, please click here.
Other top honorees
include WSB-TV’s (Atlanta), Monica Pearson for the annual Legacy Award, LA
Times’ Gerrick Kennedy for the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award, and CNN’s
Janet Rolle` for the Pat Tobin Media Professional Award.
NABJ's 37th Annual
Convention and Career Fair will take place June 20-24 in New Orleans. The
Salute to Excellence Awards Gala is the only awards program that honors
exemplary coverage of African/African-American people or issues exclusively.
Over 50 awards will be presented to writers, columnists, producers, reporters,
photojournalists and editors for their exemplary work.
information, registration, and ticket sales please visit here.
Click on the links below
to view the finalists: