Looking Back: New America Media’s 2012 Ethnic Media Awards

Lorna Dietz, Runner-Up, Community Blogging category, New America Media's Ethnic Media Awards for 2012, Northern CA & Central Valley (no winner)
Lorna Dietz, Runner-Up, Community Blogging category, New America Media’s Ethnic Media Awards for 2012, Northern CA & Central Valley (no winner)

I don’t make a habit of posting my achievements (correction, other than my LinkedIn) — but my sister, Noemi Dado, said that I should do it BEFORE I forget.

Here is one of my proudest moments when I was awarded as one of the “best of the best” in ethnic media in Northern California and Central Valley. It’s like receiving an Ethnic Pulitzer Prize. The category was COMMUNITY BLOGGING. I had done a content curation on the Define American advocacy of Jose Antonio Vargas, the Filipino American journalist who had “outed” himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011. However, during the time I submitted my entry, many journalists didn’t really understand the power of content curation. Thus, my humble award of Runner-Up. I recall that the other honoree received an Honorable Mention. It’s all right. More media practitioners are doing more content curation nowadays. I’m just an regular blogger having done my share in community blogging in the Filipino American community.

At this time, http://NaFFAAR8.com has been archived. The original content curation is stored in my Storify account.

Here is the announcement that came with the honors.

NAM Honors Best in Ethnic Media at NorCal & Central Valley Awards Gala!

Last night, NAM hosted its 2011/2012 Northern California & Central Valley Ethnic Media Awards Gala at the KQED Studios in San Francisco.

Over 150 people, including ethnic and mainstream media, judges, honorees, and NAM founding members, attended the event.

The awards ceremonies recognized the exceptional work of winners from over 100 entries competing in print, broadcast and online categories. They comprised a diverse range of ethnic and youth media outlets in the region: African-American, Latino, Middle Eastern; and Asian communities including Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hmong, South Asian, and Fijian-Indian.

President of KQED Public Media, John Boland, welcomed the guests to the awards ceremony and NAM California Awards Chair Odette Keeley introduced the emcee for the evening, Bay Area journalism icon and multi-awarded TV host of KQED9′s “This Week in Northern California,” Belva Davis. Keeley also thanked the event’s sponsors for their valuable support, including founding sponsor PG&E, co-host KQED, the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State, the East Bay Regional Park District, Julie Adams of New York Life Insurance Company, and the University of California Office of the President.

Keeley also cites that the awards event could not have been possible without the dedication of all the NAM staff, as well as support from the NAM Board, funders, and partners — many of whom comprised the distinguished panel of judges this year.

In addition to recognizing the exceptional work of the awards winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions, NAM Executive Director Sandy Close presented NAM’s first Chauncey Bailey Community Advocacy Award to Willie Ratcliff, publisher of the San Francisco Bayview. PG&E’s Ezra Garrett presented the Diversity/ Inter-Ethnic Relations Award to KTSF 26 and the San Francisco Chronicle for their collaborative reporting about the evolving Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and Hmong TV Network was also recognized with the NAM Emerging Media Award.

The evening concluded with Vernon Whitmore, former publisher of the Globe Newspaper Group “passing the torch” as a publishing veteran to publishing upstart Malcolm Marshall of the Richmond Pulse, one of NAM’s youth hubs.

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