The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces its 2009 Salute to Excellence Awards Call for Entries. Print, broadcast and online media entries submitted by journalists from throughout the United States will compete for the only national media awards program exclusively devoted to coverage of African and African American themes. The contest is open to all journalists and entries will be judged on content, creativity, innovation and relevance to the black community. Deadline for Award Entries is Feb. 23.
NABJ's awards are distributed to large and small-market circulation newspapers and magazines, online media, broadcast networks and market television and radio stations. Only work performed from January to December 2008 is eligible for nomination.
2008 winners included documentary work from CNN on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; reports from The Philadelphia Inquirer on suburban policing; a WRGB-TV Albany profile on New York Gov. David Paterson; commentary by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr.; an NBC Nightly News profile on educator Ron Clark; and the Detroit Free Press' profile of legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
Nominees are announced in June. Winners will be announced at the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 in Tampa, Florida. The awards gala is held during NABJ's Annual Convention and Career Fair, planned Aug. 5-9 at the Tampa Convention Center.
The entry fee is $75 per submission for members and $100 for non-members. Checks, money orders or credit card payments must accompany each entry. Log onto www.nabj.org to download a Call for Entries packet. For questions regarding the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards competition or gala, contact Ryan Williams, NABJ director of programs and professional development, at (301) 445-7100, ext. 113 or .
The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.