The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists has named finalists for its Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards. The awards honor the best media coverage of people of color.
Winners will be announced at TBABJ’s Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd. in Oldsmar.
A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Dinner and the awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The chapter also will award college scholarships to students studying journalism.
Tickets are $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students (including those in college) and $300 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased using TBABJ’s secure PayPal feature on its website at www.tbabj.com.
Alison Morrow and Kim Kuizon, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News
Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
Arielle Stevenson, Creative Loafing
Ashley Thomas, Florida Courier
Charles W. Cherry II, Florida Courier
Frank Barrera, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News
Fred Bellet, Hernando Today
Jackie Callaway and Matt McGlashen, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News
James Harper, Florida Courier
Jamison Uhler and Eric Moore, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News
Jared Leone, AOL Patch
Jeff Harrington, Tampa Bay Times
John C. Cotey, Tampa Bay Times
Joseph Brown III, independent photojournalist
Keisha Pickett, Blackinthebay.com
Kevin Cook, Antwan Key, Mike Mustard and Robin Tillett, City of Lakeland
Kim Gibson, Florida Courier
Lane DeGregory, Tampa Bay Times
Laura A. Harris, Frank Barrera and Corey Dierdorff, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News
Leonora LaPeter Anton, Tampa Bay Times
Merissa Green, Lakeland Ledger
Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing
Peter Meinke, Creative Loafing
WEDU Staff, WEDU
Will Hobson, Tampa Bay Times
Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Center for Community & Economic Justice
The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists extends hearty congratulations to all of the finalists.