Entries now being accepted for Griot Drum Awards

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) is accepting entries for the 2011 Griot Drum Awards, which honors the best media coverage of people of color. Winners will be announced Nov. 17 at the 2011 Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet. The banquet will be held at The Nielsen Company, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar.

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Who is eligible?
Any individual or news organization in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Volusia counties can enter materials published, broadcast or presented between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. The contest is open to journalists of all ethnicities. Entrants do not have to belong to TBABJ.

How can I enter my work?
All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30, 2011. Any entry postmarked after that date will be disqualified. Faxed or e-mailed entries will not be accepted. Mail entries to:


Is there a fee?
The cost per entry is $25 for non-TBABJ members and $20 for members. Checks or money orders should be made out to the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and should be attached to each entry form. Checks covering more than one entry from an organization should be made out for the total amount, and a separate note should be attached detailing the exact entries covered by the fee. Cash will not be accepted.

What can I submit?
Entries must focus on subjects concerning people or communities of color and have been broadcast, presented or published within the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas. Individuals and news organizations may submit as many entries as desired. However, only one category is allowed per entry. Entering the same work in more than one category is permitted, for a fee. For example, the cost to enter an entry in two categories is $50 for non-members/$40 for members; three, $75/$60; and so on. Entries will not be returned.

How can I submit my work?
Newspaper. Entries with loose clippings, poster boards or ringed binders will be disqualified. Entries are best delivered on 8.5” x 11” sheets, either photocopied into this form (preferred) or cut up and taped down. Entries also may be mounted on pressboards. If submission is a series, it must be limited to no more than seven stories. PLEASE be sure to use the correct category number (See attached rules and categories).

Television. Entries can be submitted on standard DVDs only. A series should be entered on one tape and be limited to no more than five stories. Do not use color bars. A five-second slate is permitted. PLEASE be sure to use the correct category number.

Radio. Entries must be submitted on a CD. PLEASE be sure to use the correct category number.

Multimedia. Entries can be submitted on CD, DVD, flash drive or by providing Internet links, with no more than one entry per storage unit. PLEASE be sure to use the correct category number.

Photo/Graphics. Entries may include original copies of work, in color. PLEASE be sure to use the correct category number.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Judging and Winners
Entries will be judged by National Association of Black Journalists chapters in other parts of the country, so the contest is open to chapter members and officers of TBABJ, except those serving on the awards committee. Broadcast entries will be judged based on content, production value and impact. Print entries will be judged on content, readability and impact.

The top three entries in each category selected by judges will be recognized at the awards ceremony in November. The top winner will receive a plaque. Awards will be presented to individuals, groups or organizations. Judges may elect to choose less than three entries in a category or none at all.

More Questions?
Call 813.716.6288 or e-mail Jenise G. Morgan at Jmorgan@flcourier.com.