WUSF-FM, ABC Action News among major finalists for Tampa area Griot Drum Awards, featuring CNN's Don Lemon
Public radio station WUSF-FM, Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28, the St. Petersburg Times and the black-centered Florida Courier newspaper were among the local media outlets which earned multiple nominations as finalists for the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists' Griot Drum Awards.
Each year, the TBABJ organizes its Griot Drum Awards as a way of highlighting journalists of all ethnicities who create quality journalism centered on issues affecting people of color. Full disclosure: I'm serving as an organizer of the event this year, handling logistics and fundraising for our gala dinner Nov. 17.
On that date, CNN anchor Don Lemon will join the TBABJ as the Griot Drum Awards' keynote speaker; he'll talk about his work at the newschannel and sign copies of his new book, Transparent.
The group will also distribute $5,000 in scholarship money to aspiring college students of color who major in journalism.
Several of the area's leading journalism outlets have emerged as finalists for the Griot Drum Awards, which are the Tampa Bay area's only local journalism awards.
The winners will be revealed on Nov. 17, at a banquet featuring a 6 p.m. opening reception and 7:30 p.m. ceremony, in the grand dining hall at The Nielsen Company, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. Rod Carter, morning anchor at WFLA-Ch. 8, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Tickets are now on sale at the TBABJ's website -- go there by clicking here -- where you can also see more information on our sponsors and the event itself.
One definition of journalism I've always liked is the idea that a reporter's job is to "keep a community in conversation with itself." The Griot Drum Awards, in addition to being a fundraiser for the non-profit TBABJ, is a great way to bring some of the area's sharpest citizens together for a discussion on ethnic and cultural diversity, news coverage, education and civic issues.
See the TBABJ's complete list of finalists on the press release below:
Congratulations to the following broadcast, multimedia and print professionals whose coverage of people of color earned them spots as finalists in the 2011 Griot Drum Awards contest!
The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) will announce winners on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the headquarters of The Nielsen Company, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar.
Tickets, which can be purchased at www.tbabj.com, are $35 for TBABJ members, $45 for non-members and $320 for a table.
You'll get the chance to hobnob with the area’s media professionals at a pre-banquet reception, enjoy a full dinner and performances by local musicians Josh Cooperman and Jonathan Milton. CNN anchor Don Lemon will deliver the keynote address.
The master of ceremonies will be WFLA-Channel 8 morning anchor Rod Carter.
Carson Cooper, WUSF Public Media, one category
Naomi Prioleau, WUSF Public Media, one category
Farah Dosani, WUSF Public Media, one category
Robin Sussingham, WUSF Public Media, one category
Dalia Colon, Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, one category
WEDU-TV/Gulf Coast Journal Staff, one category
Jackie Calloway, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Lissette Campos, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Jennifer McVan, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Eugene Perry, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, three categories
Linda Hurtado, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Deiah Riley, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Matt McGlashen, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
Mary Shedden, Tampa Tribune, one category
Douglas R. Clifford, St. Petersburg Times, one category
Joyce Nanette Johnson, St. Petersburg Times, two categories
Tia Mitchell, St. Petersburg Times, one category
Demorris A. Lee, St. Petersburg Times, three categories
Keisha Pickett, Blackinthebay.com, one category
Andreas Butler, Daytona Times, one category
James Harper, Daytona Times, one category
Charles W. Cherry II, Florida Courier, two categories
Kim Gibson, Florida Courier, one category
Florida Courier Staff, one category