Award for Diversity in the News Accepting Entries Print

Deadline: September 10 2012

nabjNews professionals who have made a difference in the hiring and promotion of journalists of colour or improved media coverage of underrepresented communities are eligible for the Ida B. Wells Award.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Conference of Editorial Writers are accepting submissions for the Ida B. Wells Award. Applicants should have provided distinguished leadership in increasing access and opportunities to people of colour in journalism, and improving the coverage of communities of colour in American media.

Any person may nominate candidates for the award. Nominations shall include an official entry form and statements demonstrating why the nominee's activities show exemplary leadership consistent with the career of Ida B. Wells.

The award is named in honour of the distinguished journalist and wife of one of Americas earliest black publishers. Wells was editor and proprietor of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight. She told her male cofounders she would not help launch the newspaper unless she was made "equal to them." In the late 19th century, Wells won acclaim on two continents for her fearless crusade against lynching.

The award is presented at the national convention or other distinguished NABJ events.The application deadline is September 10.

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