Pakistan Link among New America Media 2017 Award Winners
San Francisco: New America Media has announced the winners and honorees of the 2017 NAM California Ethnic Media Awards, which celebrates outstanding journalism on issues ranging from the environment, health, and education to politics, immigration, sports, and arts and culture.
A distinguished group of judges selected 12 first place winners and 13 merit recipients from more than 140 individual entries submitted by African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American print, online, and broadcast ethnic media outlets.
Ras Siddiqui, a prolific contributor to Pakistan Link, was among the award winners in the Outstanding Cross-Cultural Reporting category for his report “Jews and Muslims Hold Joint Vigil at the California State Capitol”. His zest and verve for quality reporting are inspirational.
A special panel of youth media practitioners selected the winner of this year’s Emerging Youth Voice award. And the awards committee also selected 4 “Ethnic Media Champions” – individuals who embody the resilience and dedication of the sector.
Emceeing the ceremonies will be Martin Reynolds, co-director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and former editor-in-chief of the Oakland Tribune, and Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, NAM’s national media network director and former executive producer for ABS-CBN International-The Filipino Channel TV.
This year’s awards event marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of investigative reporter Chauncey Bailey, a NAM co-founder who was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2007 while pursuing a report for the Oakland Post. “It’s an honor to co-emcee the awards with Martin Reynolds,” says awards chair Odette Alcazaren- Keeley. “His leadership was pivotal to the success of the Chauncey Bailey Project, which brought Bay Area media outlets together to complete his investigation.”
The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the PG&E Auditorium in San Francisco, beginning with a reception at 5:30 pm and the presentation of the awards from 6:30 to 8 pm.
NAM will pay tribute to its ethnic media founders, original supporters and collaborators, judges, and sponsors, with special thanks to PG&E, the Co-host for the 2017 Awards, and three Diamond Sponsors: Comcast, The San Francisco Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation.
Official roster of winners and honorees:
NEWS BEAT CATEGORIES
Outstanding Health & Health Care Coverage
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “What is Cancer?” episode
LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Latinos & Diabetes” [series]
Outstanding Coverage of the Environment
EASTERN GROUP PUBLICATIONS/EGPNews.com – Nancy Martinez – "Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard"
LA OPINION – Jorge Macias – "Thousands in the San Gabriel Valley at Risk for Lead and Arsenic Contamination"
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong - "Three-Color Bins" episode
Outstanding Coverage of Politics & the 2016 Elections
KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Maria Leticia Gomez, Joe Perry, Luis Felipe Godinez - "En Espera de la Muerte" [Waiting for Death]
El TECOLOTE- Alexis Terrazas & Atticus Morris - "Alernate Reality: Growing Acceptance of White Nationalism in Trump's America" / "Realidad Alterna: Creciente Aceptaciòn del Nacionalismo Blanco en el América de Trump"
Outstanding Coverage of Immigration
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “Under the Same Roof” episode
CHICO SOL – Bianca Quilantan -- “Door of Hope”
LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Stranded on the Border, Without Asylum and Without Hope” [series]
Outstanding Education Coverage
INDIA CURRENTS – Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan – “How Much Is Too Much?: The Price Of Pushing Kids To Attain Elite Status”
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Jasmine Chen -- ‘Relentless Learning” episode
Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture & Entertainment
KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Beatriz Ferrari & Eduardo Mancera – “El Pintor de Las Patronas” [The Painter of Las Patronas]
INQUIRER.net – Cecile Ochoa – “86-Year-Old Fil-Am to Ride in Biker Rally, If He Ignores His Doc”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Flavio Lacayo & Eduardo Mancera - “Exodo a La Santeria”[Exodus to Santeria]
Outstanding Sports Coverage
SING TAO DAILY – Mingyue [Flora] Xu – “American Boy Embodies Shaolin Spirit”
VIDA EN EL VALLE – Juan Esparza Loera – “Cabada’s Run Fueled by His Past”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Leon Felipe Gonzalez &Joe Perry – "La Cancha de la Esperanza"[The Field of Hope]
Outstanding Coverage of Gender/LGBTQI Issues
MIDPENINSULA COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER – ‘Talking with Henrietta’ program – Henrietta Burroughs – “In the Aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Orlando”
SING TAO DAILY – Isabelle Yiu – “Chinese American LGBT Community Asks for Respect for All”
Outstanding Cross-Cultural Reporting
EL TECOLOTE – John Morrison – “Frisco 5” series
PAKISTAN LINK – Ras Siddiqui – “Jews and Muslims Hold Joint Vigil at the California State Capitol”
Emerging Youth Voice
EL NUEVO SOL – Pilar de Haro, Keila Vizcarra, Grecia Lopez, Curtis Poindexter, Aracelly Solis, Aurabella Hernandez, Lorena Roque, Daniel Shin and Michael Arvizu – “Young Workers/ “Trabajadores Jovenes en Los Angeles” [series]
YOUTH RADIO – Emiliano Villa – “When Economics Divide Siblings”
Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement
Balitang America – The Filipino Channel TV – Troy Espera, Danny Manansala, Rommel Conclara, Henni Espinosa, John Caña, Don Tagala, Steve Angeles & Gel Santos Relos – Election Day 2016 newscast and “The Fil-Am Vote” election special
ETHNIC MEDIA CHAMPIONS
Regina Brown Wilson – Director – CALIFORNIA BLACK MEDIA
Jarrette Fellows, Jr. – Publisher & Editor – COMPTON HERALD
Dong Kim – Publisher – HYUNDAE NEWS
Joseph Orozco – Manager – KIDE-HOOPA 91.3 FM