PABJ 2018 AWARDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Denise James, PABJ Awards Co-Chair, 215-696-1897
Melony Roy, PABJ President, 609-980-5535
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Announces its 2018 Honorees
Honorees include the Art Sanctuary founder and “Black Ice” author, a WURD Radio host, a
health equity advocate, and a former New York Times and Essence editor
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Sept. 10, 2018) - (Sept. 17, 2018) - The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) will honor six extraordinary journalism, communications and community standouts at its annual Awards and Scholarship Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
The awards recognize exemplary reporting, media management and community service performed while maintaining a commitment to diverse coverage, hiring and community empowerment. They will be presented during a gala ceremony at WHYY Studios, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia (between Race & Arch Streets). The gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a dinner reception beginning at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony starts at 7:15 p.m.
This year’s ceremony also celebrates PABJ’s 45th anniversary and honors the organization’s pioneers, including journalism luminaries Acel Moore, Edie Huggins, Chuck Stone, Claude Lewis, and Trudy Haynes. Action News Reporter-Anchor, Jeannette Reyes and CBS 3 Sports Director, Don Bell will co-host the Gala.
The 2018 PABJ honorees:
Vincent Thompson III, is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as journalist on the front lines of Philadelphia’s important stories during the span of his career here. He not only covers the story in front of him. He gets the story behind the headlines aw well. Vincent is a WURD Radio host and owner of Thompson Mediaman Communications.
Leslie Foster, is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Impact Award for tirelessly advocating fair, balanced and inclusive coverage of issues, people and events that impact people in communities that are often missed, marginalized, misunderstood or considered inconsequential. She is a News Assignment Manager at 6abc television. Leslie has immeasurably impacted countless journalists she’s worked with along with station coverage during her 22 years at Action News.
Angela P. Dodson, lis receiving PABJ’s Trailblazer Award for her courageous vigilance in clearing the path, and breaking barriers for women and people of color in the journalism industry. Angela is a longtime journalist and a former editor at the New York Times and Essence magazine.
Lorene Cary, is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Community Service Award for her longtime efforts to shine a spotlight on African American arts and culture, build community through their exploration, and create stories that enlighten and unite. Lorene is the best-selling author of Black Ice and founder of the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia.
Glenn Ellis Sr., is receiving PABJ’S 2018 Community Service Award for keeping the medical profession ethically honest in its treatment of African Americans and other historically disenfranchised people, and protecting their right to expert health care. Glenn is a medical ethicist, researcher and president of Strategies for Well-Being LLC.
Evon Burton, is receiving the 2018 Media Professional Award for his public relations and community work on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS, and for promoting the good works of charitable nonprofits. Evon is the marketing and outreach supervisor at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers.
PABJ will also present scholarships to local college journalism students.
“We are honored to continue celebrating excellence in journalism and community service,” said Melony Roy, PABJ president. “And we are proud to salute the journalists who saw a need to form PABJ and advocate for inclusive hiring of Black journalists and balanced coverage of stories that impacted Black people in various communities.”
PABJ welcomes news coverage.
Tickets for the awards program and reception are $70 (early bird) if purchased by 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2018, after which tickets are $75. Student tickets are $35.
All tickets must be purchased by October 24, 2018. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Purchase tickets HERE
Gala proceeds support PABJ scholarships, professional journalism development workshops and community programming.
|1. Community Service||4. Journalist of the Year|
|2. Trailblazer||5. Impact Award|
|3. Lifetime Achievement||6. Media Professional|
Awarded to a journalist, member of the media or community person who has had a positive impact on African Americans or Black people of African descent. If the nominee is a journalist, his or her community service must be rooted in work done outside the typical realm of journalism.
What to submit: Nominations must describe the candidate’s community service and its impact. Outline your reasons for the nomination. Supporting documentation may include clips, articles, letters and certiÿcates.
Awarded to a pioneer Black person of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers or blazed trails. Nominees may be living or deceased and have contributed to the advancement of news coverage of issues involving African Americans or Black people of African descent.
What to submit: Documentation should include 3 to 5 links or other relevant samples of the nominee’s work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination.
Awarded to a Black print, broadcast, online or photojournalist with a minimum of 15 years in the industry. Nominees in the category may be living or deceased. The nominees must have made or still be making an extraordinary contribution to the enrichment, understanding, or advancement of news coverage involving Black life and culture.
What to submit: Nominations must document the candidate’s work. Documentation should include 3 to 5 samples of the nominee’s work and your reasons for the nomination.
Journalist of the Year
Awarded to a Black journalist who produced work during the 2017 calendar year that was extraordinary in depth, scope or signiÿcance to African Americans or Black people of African descent. The honoree is to be selected from broadcast, print or online ÿelds, at the discretion of the awards committee and executive board.
What to submit: Nominations must document the candidate’s work. Documentation should include 3 to 5 links to relevant samples of the nominee’s work. Each entry must include a nomination statement outlining reasons for the nomination. Previous Journalist of the Year winners ARE ELIGIBLE to be honored again.
Awarded to a Black person behind the scenes whose support positively impacts diversity in newsroomsor wh ose work positively impacts coverage a°ecting African Americans or Black people of African descent.
What to submit: Nominations must document and describe the candidate’s impactful work. Include links to relevant samples of the nominee’s work if available.
Awarded to a Black public relations, advertising, marketing or strategic communications professional whose work facilitates or generates significant coverage of stories that impact Black people. The candidate must demonstrate overall excellence in their ÿeld.
What to submit: Nominations must document the candidate’s impactful work and your reason for the submission. Include links to relevant samples of the nominee’s work if available.
HOW AND WHERE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS: