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Submissions for the First National Ethnic Media Awards
Deadline Extended to August 1, 2006!

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Recognizing journalistic excellence in 15 categories, NAM invites ethnic news organizations (print, online and broadcast) as well as individuals whose work is published or aired by these media outlets, to submit entries that appeared between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006. Winners will be celebrated at a gala Awards Banquet and will receive a $1000 cash award.

Print/Online

(P-1) BEST INVESTIGATIVE/IN DEPTH This award honors in-depth or investigative stories or series that identify and explore important issues largely ignored by the mainstream news media. Judges will consider initiative, persistence, originality of analysis, unique angles, resourcefulness in the pursuit of facts and information.
ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series.
TWO AWARDS: English language publications and non-English in-language publications.

(P-2) INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS This award will be given to the best article reporting on or analyzing a specific foreign issue especially as it affects the lives of ethnic Americans in a global society and linkages between homeland politics and the diaspora. Judges will consider originality of topic and significance, depth of analysis, initiative shown in pursuing the story, and effectiveness of presentation.
ENTRY: One story or up to three stories from a series.
TWO AWARDS: English language publications and non-English in-language publications.

(P-3) HEALTH CARE This award will be given to the best article that informs its readers about critical health care issues especially as they pertain to ethnic communities, whether it's medical problems or issues around accessing health care or alternative medicine. Judges will consider originality and relevance of the topic, depth of analysis and uniqueness of perspective.
ENTRY: One story or up to three in a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-4) ARTS, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT This award will be given to the best article that provides a unique perspective on ethnic cultures and explores the cultural diversity - from sports to food - within multi-generational ethnic communities as reflected by their arts and entertainment. Judges will consider initiative, originality of analysis, unique angles, and freshness of perspective.
ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series.
TWO AWARDS: English language publications and non-English in-language publications.

(P-5) COMMENTARY/EDITORIAL WRITING This award honors the best provocative editorial or commentary by a columnist, editorial writer or independent contributor. Judges will consider originality of the viewpoint, quality of writing, and courage of opinion expressed. Editorials should be no longer than 1,500 words in length.
ENTRY: Up to three individual stories.
TWO AWARDS: English language publications and non-English in-language publications.

(P-6) WOMEN'S ISSUES
This award recognizes the best in reporting on the struggles and accomplishments of women from ethnic communities. Stories could range from profiles of enterprising women to examining gender bias. Judges will consider understanding of the issues and originality.
ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-7) BEST YOUTH VOICE
This award recognizes the best in reporting or commentary from youth in ethnic media. Judges will consider freshness of viewpoint. The writer must be between 16 and 24 years of age at the time the piece was written.
ENTRY: One story or up to three from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-8) PHOTOJOURNALISM
This award honors photography that shows exceptional skill in capturing defining moments and/or illustrates a story about life in the neighborhoods or home countries of ethnic communities. Judges will consider technical excellence and the compelling nature of the photograph.
ENTRY: Up to five individual photos or samples from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-9) INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS
This award will be given to the most illuminating reporting on relations between different ethnic communities and areas of intersection whether in collaborative projects or confronting differences with each other. Judges will consider originality of viewpoint, sensitivity, depth of analysis, balance and effectiveness of presentation.
ENTRY: One story or up to three stories from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-10) MOVEMENT FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
The past year has seen an unprecedented movement for the rights of immigrants that is taking place both on the streets and in the halls of Congress. This award recognizes the best reporting on the ongoing movement. It will take into account originality of analysis, unusual perspectives and insight into community perspectives.
ENTRY: One story or up to three stories from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-11) COVERING KATRINA AND ITS AFTERMATH
Hurricane Katrina revealed the deep racial and economic divide in the country, the lack of government preparedness and the threat of global warming. Ethnic media were often the first-line of response for the devastated communities. This award honors the best coverage of the natural disaster. Judges will consider deepest understanding of the affected communities and the complex issues bared by Hurricane Katrina.
ENTRY: One story or up to three stories from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

(P-12) EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY REPORTING
This award will be given to journalists who excel at writing about technology’s role in America’s ethnic communities– from digital divide issues to profiles of entrepreneurs and innovators, to technological advances that connect diaspora communities and homelands. Judges will consider clarity of explanation, unique angles and accessibility of the story.
ENTRY: One story or up to three stories from a series.
ONE AWARD: Print/Online.

Broadcast

(B-1) BEST COMMUNITY TALK SHOW
This award will honor the best America-based talk show for outstanding coverage of an issue affecting a local community through a live call-in program that encourages public participation by identifying an issue and creating a dialogue around it. Judges should be provided with a short summary of the show and the importance of the issue discussed on it.
ENTRY: Maximum airtime of 30 minutes.
ONE AWARD: Radio/Television.

(B-2) BEST INVESTIGATIVE/IN DEPTH
This award will honor the best in-depth feature or investigative program highlighting issues affecting local ethnic communities and their concerns. Judges will consider originality, depth of reporting, and effectiveness in bringing an issue to the public.
ENTRY: Maximum airtime of 30 minutes.
ONE AWARD: Radio/Television.

(B-3) MOVEMENT FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
The past year has seen an unprecedented movement for the rights of immigrants that is taking place both on the streets and in the halls of Congress. This award recognizes the best reporting on the ongoing movement. It will take into account originality of analysis, unusual perspectives and insight into community perspectives.
ENTRY: Maximum airtime of 30 minutes.
ONE AWARD: Radio/Television.

(B-4) COVERING KATRINA AND ITS AFTERMATH
Hurricane Katrina revealed the deep racial and economic divide in the country, the lack of government preparedness and the threat of global warming. Ethnic media were often the first-line of response for the devastated communities. This award honors the best coverage of the natural disaster. Judges will consider deepest understanding of the affected communities and the complex issues bared by Hurricane Katrina.
ENTRY: Maximum airtime of 30 minutes.
ONE AWARD: Radio/Television.

IMPORTANT RULES AND GUIDELINES

1) All entries must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2006.
2) Reporters and journalists should not be nominated more than once per category.
3) Each entry must be submitted with a separate entry form and a $25 filing fee.
4) Translations of in-language submissions are encouraged (NAM will translate non-English entries selected as finalists).
5) NAM reserves the right to move an entry from one category to another.
6) If the independent judging body deems it appropriate, no award may be presented in a certain category.
8) Entries must have appeared between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006.
7) Winners will be celebrated at a gala Awards Banquet and will receive a $1000 cash award.

 





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