The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has announced their Excellence in Journalism Awards to recognize outstanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in print in news, feature, opinion, editorial, television, radio, online, and photojournalism categories.
Jason Lloyd Clement, NLGJA’s program director, said the awards started in 1993 and the photojournalism category was added in 2003. This year’s judging by a panel of photojournalism professionals will take place throughout July. Last year’s photography winners included first place winners Paul Chinn, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kim Komenich, Elizabeth Mangelsdorf, and John Storey, of the San Francisco Chronicle, for "Gay Marriage," and second place went to Joyce Marshall, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, for "Becoming Maddie.” The judges last year included Nick Lammers, of The Oakland Tribune; Geri Migielicz, of the San Jose Mercury News; Amy Sancetta, of The Associated Press; and Mary Schulte, of The Kansas City Star.
“The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” Clement told News Photographer magazine. “In addition to Journalist of the Year, awards will be presented in the categories of HIV/AIDS Coverage, Written News, Written Feature, Written Opinion/Editorial, Radio, Television, Photojournalism, New Media, LGBT Media and Student Journalism.”
Winners will be announced September 24 during NLGJA’s 15th anniversary Celebration and Convention in Chicago, IL. The deadline for entering is June 30, 2005, and initial publication or broadcast of the contest material must have taken place between June 1 2004 and May 31 2005.
Complete rules, guidelines, and an entry form are available online at www.nlgja.org/programs/EJA.html.