Annual Griot Drum Awards set for Nov. 15

Once again, the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists will present the area’s most important journalism awards contest and scholarship ceremony: the Seventh Annual Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

We welcome a different groundbreaking journalist as keynote speaker annually, featuring CNN anchor Don Lemon last year; he joined a list of distinguished past speakers which include ESPN’s Jemele Hill, former CBS Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler, and 60 Minutes correspondent Byron Pitts.

This year, the Griot Drum Awards will be announced during a gala dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Nielsen’s national headquarters, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar, FL.

We plan to give out $5,000 in scholarships, along with about two dozen awards to area journalists who have excelled in covering people of color.

 

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