Washington Informer Wins Best Media Supplement Award

Courtesy of New American Media | 12/29/2008, 12:22 p.m.

New America Media (NAM) and the American University School of Communication co-hosted the inaugural Excellence in Ethnic Media Awards for Washington, D.C., an event that honored outstanding reporting on news and features by ethnic media in the nation's capital. The awards dinner was held on Thurs., Dec. 11, at the University of California Washington Center in Northwest.

The Washington Informer took home the award for Best Media Supplement for the Nelson Mandela Supplement published on July 17.
It was produced with the assistance of The South African Embassy and was well received by the embassy and others with direct ties to Africa. €We are extremely proud that The Washington Informer has allowed us to partner on such a wonderful and worthy project as The Nelson Mandela supplement. We are also glad for the opportunity to speak of some of the positive work that the current government is doing,€ said Nadira Bayat, counsellor of Public Diplomacy for the Embassy of South Africa .

The outlets for the Excellence in Ethnic Media Awards served Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Muslim, Jewish, African American, Korean, and Spanish-language communities in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. "We had over 80 entries from newspapers, TV stations, radio news programs, and Web magazines from across the city," said Alex Moe, NAM's Washington, D.C. director.

The judges for Best Media Supplement award issued this statement when giving the award: €Media isn't just about providing news. It's also about providing vision. Most saw Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday as a historical footnote, perhaps a tribute. But one newspaper saw it as an opportunity to reflect on a remarkable man and educate its readers in a comprehensive 16-page publication.

It included contributions from the Ambassador of South Africa to the U.S.; a lecture from the President of the Republic of Liberia; and personal reflections from national leaders in the African American community as they looked back at the impact of Mandela's extraordinary life and career at age 90. For its vision and coverage of Nelson Mandela we are pleased to present the staff of the Washington Informer with the Best Media Supplement Award.€

€I think that the Washington Informer's tribute to Nelson Mandela was historically significant and outstanding! Congratulations are in order,€ said Melvin P. Foote, president of the Constituency for Africa (CFA).

€We salute The Washington Informer. It is wonderful you are doing this to honor one of the most outstanding human beings of our lifetimes,€ said Trudi Rishikoff, director of Development and Communications for Africare of the supplement.

To view the supplement visit Mandela.