Excellence in Media Awards Finalist


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NYABJ Announces Finalists for Excellence in Media Awards

Winners to be named at the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Gala & Awards

NEW YORK (April 11, 2024) — The New York Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2024 Excellence in Media Awards. The awards honor excellence in journalism coverage of people, issues and developments in African-American and African Diaspora communities in the Greater New York City area.

This year’s theme, “Press Forward: Persevering in Times of Change,” reflects the rapidly evolving media ecosystem, from the renaissance of artificial intelligence to sweeping industry restructuring — and the importance of maintaining the journalism profession for future generations.

“The Excellence in Media Awards elevate the stories of Black communities and issues surrounding them,” said Bonita Sostre, president of NYABJ. “I am so proud of our finalists, all of whom have produced stellar reporting that shines a light on the beauty, tribulations, opportunities, and accomplishments in our community. We look forward to celebrating all finalists and winners on Juneteenth.”

Award winners will be announced at NYABJ’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth Gala & Awards, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at The Standard, located at 848 Washington St. in Manhattan.

CBS 2 News anchor Maurice DuBois and CBS national correspondent Jericka Duncan will co-host the event.

Finalists for the 2024 Excellence in Media Awards are as follows:

Gwen Ifill Award for Excellence in News Reporting
News National/Syndicated
● “CBS Mornings: A Fighting Chance,” by Jericka Duncan, Lete Childs, Tony Furlow, and Brian Bingham — CBS News
● “CBS Mornings: Rap on Trial,” by Skyler Henry, Ricky Irving, and CBS Mornings staff — CBS News
● “ABC News Studios IMPACT x Nightline — Never Made it Home: The Story of Tyre Nichols,” by ABC News Studios IMPACT x Nightline staff — ABC News

Long Form – 7 minutes+
● “March on Washington 60 Years” — CBS New York
● BET News: America In Black, “War on Black History” — CBS News & BET News
● “theGrio Weekly with Natasha Alford” — theGrio
● “Soul of a Nation Presents: Black in Vegas” — ABC News Soul of a Nation

Stuart Scott Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting

● “Up and Down: Life on the APGA Tour, Episode 3,” by Blake Berson — CBS Sports Network
● “Beyond Limits: Who I Am,” by Sarah M. Kazadi-Ndoye, Derwin Graham, Pat Ball, and Dominic Easter — CBS Sports
● “How Allyson Felix Turned a Nike Snub Into Success,” Bloomberg Originals — Bloomberg News

Ida B. Wells Award for Excellence in Print Journalism

● “Corporate America Promised to Hire a Lot More People of Color. It Actually Did.” by the Bloomberg News staff — Bloomberg News
● “Hard Labor: The Fight for Inclusion in Skilled Trades,” by Damaso Reyes — New York Amsterdam News
● “This Salon Works Hard to Understand Black Women’s Hair,” by Jordyn Holman — The New York Times
● “How the EminiFX Scheme Spread,” by Macollvie J. Neel — The Haitian Times
● “Black female founders advise how to beat the venture-capital odds,” Jacqueline Neber, Amanda Glodowski, and Telisha Bryan — Crain’s New York Business

● “Old World, Young Africa,” Declan Walsh, Hannah Reyes Morales, and Lauren Leatherby — The New York Times
● “Hotter, faster, stronger: Heat island effect endangers New Yorkers,” Blacklight Investigative Unit – Helina Selemon — New York Amsterdam News
● “Most of Florida work group did not agree with controversial parts of state’s new standards for Black history, members say,” by Janelle Griffith — NBC News Digital
● “Talking More Than “All That Jazz” With Stetsasonic!” by Stephanie C. Woods-McKinney — Harlem World Magazine
● “Black Mayors of 4 Biggest U.S. Cities Draw Strength From One Another,” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Jeffery C. Mays — The New York Times

Dyana Williams Award for Excellence in Podcast/Radio Program

● ”After Broad and Market,” by Jenna Flanagan — WNET
● “Black History Month Series,” by Larry Mullins and Sharon Barnes-Waters — 1010 WINS/WCBS 880
● “Reclaimed: The Forgotten League,” by Lakeia Brown, Cameron Chertavian, and Iru
Ekpunobi — ABC News

Ed Bradley Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting

● “72 Seconds in Rittenhouse Square,” See It Now Studios/Ark Media staff — See It Now Studios/Ark Media
● “BET News: America In Black Unnecessary Amputations,” by Wesley Lowery, CBS News Race & Culture Unit, and BET News — CBS News & BET News
● “ABC News Studios I Hulu I Firelight Films: Sound of the Police,” by Stanley Nelson & Valerie Scoon — ABC News Studios
● “ABC News Live Prime with Linsey Davis – Shiloh: Our Inheritance Is Washing Away,” by ABC News Live Prime with Linsey Davis — ABC News

Max Robinson Award for Excellence in Local TV Reporting

● “Positively Black: Inside The Free Black Women’s Library,” by Kay Angrum and Emmy Beck-Aden — NBC New York
● “New Jay-Z exhibit at Brooklyn Public Library breaks records,” by Kay Angrum — NBC New York
● “Black History is American History,” by Nichole Green, Stephanie Cassell, and Maurice DuBois — CBS New York
● “Civil Rights Activists Empower Central Islip Students,” by Chantee Lans and John Sprei — WABC-TV
● “School Building Gap,” by Jennifer Bisram — WCBS-TV

Gordon Parks Award for Excellence in Visual Media

● “The Soul of the Game,” Thomas A. Ferrara — Newsday
● “Parrish Smith,” J. Conrad Williams Jr. — Newsday
● “ABC News Digital Buffalo: Healing From Hate — Saving Ourselves” — ABC News Digital
● “Josiah Brown,” Thomas A. Ferrara — Newsday

For questions about the awards program or gala, contact Bonita Sostre at president@nyabj.org or (646) 581-8313.
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The New York Association of Black Journalists is the Greater New York chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world’s largest trade association for journalists of color. NYABJ represents more than 1,200 journalists, public relations professionals, and students and academics in schools of journalism and related disciplines. Founded in 1976, NYABJ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.