TAMPA, Fla. (November 26, 2014) – WUSF Public Media was recently honored with three distinct awards at the 2014 Griot Drum Awards hosted by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ). First place awards were presented to WUSF for Best Feature, Best Community/Public Affairs story and Best Documentary/News Series.
The Griot Drum Awards recognize Tampa Bay’s best media coverage of people of color. The trio of award-winning stories, which aired on WUSF 89.7 last year, were acknowledged by TBABJ as being outstanding in content, production value and impact.
WUSF’s Yoselis Ramos received first place in the Best Feature category for her story on the historic Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa told through the memories of its sixth generation family owner, Willie Robinson Jr. Click here to listen to the award-winning Jackson House story.
A first place award was given for Best Community/Public Affairs story for a feature by Dalia Colón examining how some public figures in Tampa Bay responded to the George Zimmerman murder case. Click here to listen to the award-winning Zimmerman case story.
WUSF was also honored with a first place award for Best Documentary/News Series, for the 30-minute Florida Matters program, “Race Matters: MLK, Freedom Riders and Bias in the Media,” hosted by Carson Cooper and produced by Dalia Colón. The program featured a conversation between local Tampa resident, Clarence Fort, a leader in the NAACP’s student chapter in the 1960s and curator Rodney Kite-Powell of the Tampa Bay History Center. The pair returned to the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once spoke. Click here to listen to the award-winning Race Matters program.
The Griot Drum Awards contest was open to print, broadcast and online media professionals of all ethnicities. The awards were presented during TBABJ’s Ninth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet held at the Tampa Marriott Westshore.
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