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Winners of CCNMA’s 12th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 12th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

The awards—in the categories of Print and Television—will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 31st Scholarship Banquet on June 10, 2011, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Louis Sahagun won in the newspaper category for his story on how grief over the birth defects plaguing the impoverished farming town of Kettleman City spurred its mostly Latino homemakers to battle a proposed expansion of a nearby toxic waste facility. Judges comment: “It shines a light and goes another layer deep into the predicaments that poverty thrusts onto poor immigrants.”

In the TV category, María Leticia Gómez of KDTV in San Francisco won for her series on how parents in three different communities in the San Francisco Bay area support their children’s school districts, and how Latino parents can participate in their kids’ education. Judges comment: “The series is informative and provides a great community service. It shows how even those without a lot of money can contribute to their children’s education.”

At the dinner, CCNMA will honor Pilar Marrero of La Opinión and Laurie Ochoa of Slake: Los Angeles for career achievement. The Castellano Family Foundation in San Jose will be honored for its longtime support of CCNMA’s San Jose chapter’s high school journalism workshop. The Los Angeles Times will be honored for its series of stories on the financial scandal in the city of Bell, which helped empower the mostly Latino community to take back their city.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a 39-year-old Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

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Winners of CCNMA’s 11th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 11th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

The awards—in the three categories of Print, Television and Radio—will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 30th Scholarship Banquet on June 11, 2010, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Photography or Commentary categories.

Radio Bilingüe reporter Zaidee Stavely won in the Radio category for her stories on an unusual number of babies born with birth defects in mostly Latino Kettleman City, Calif., home to the largest hazardous waste landfill in the western U.S. Judges comment: “The issue is presented in a very objective, complete manner and with a high degree of sensitivity. The production is excellent.”

There was a tie in the TV category. KKEY Telemundo reporter Jaqueline Hurtado won for her story “Silencio Inocente,” which explored autism, an illness little known and misunderstood by many Latinos. Judges comment: “It’s commendable that a local station produced such an excellent story on such an important issue.” Telemundo national news reporter Cristina Londoño and photographer Luis Arroyo won for their story “Campesinas Violadas,” which explored the abuses women suffer in the workplace. Judges comment: “Addresses a topic that affects women and shows how to confront sexual abuse by legal means. It does so with sensitivity and good production values.”

Alex Garcia and Diana Martinez, reporters for the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol newspapers, won in the print category for investigative articles on the arrest of day laborers in the city of San Fernando. The stories took a hard look at police arrests of day laborers in San Fernando and found the practice questionable at best. The articles helped bring attention to the arrests and helped to halt them. Judge’s comment: “This type of journalism is gutsy for a small community newspaper.”

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a 38-year-old Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

 

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Winners of CCNMA’s 10th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 10th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

The awards — in the three categories of Print, Television, and Radio — will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 29th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2009, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Commentary or Photography categories.

In the Radio category, reporter and executive producer Phillip Martin, editor Jason DeRose and producer Shereen Marisol Meraji won for their NPR’s “Day to Day” story “Tough Times in Fresno.” Judges commented: “Most media outlets forget about rural areas or suburbs when covering Latino issues. This story does a good job at describing an area of the United States that is affected by poverty and lack of social resources. The interviews and data are a great complement.”

In the Television category, CBS5/KPIX-TV (San Francisco) reporter Len Ramirez and assignment editor Michael Konczal won for their story “Mother’s Day Reunion.” Judges commented: “Terrific Mother’s Day story with strong personal element. Felt compassion in writing and execution by reporter. The story was shot very well.”

In the Print category, Esmeralda Bermudez of the Los Angeles Times won for her story “In L.A., Speaking ‘Mexican’ to Fit In.” Judges comments: “Bermudez’s story artfully describes an age-old dilemma — trying to fit in to a culture that is not exactly yours but with which you share a multitude of similarities. Instead of Latinos trying to fit in with the Anglo community, it’s about Central Americans trying to fit in with the larger Mexican and Mexican American communities in Los Angeles. Bermudez handles the topic of self identification (hence, self esteem), language and hegemony with just the right touch , with understanding to the region’s large and growing Latino population. The media’s obsession with Mexicans notwithstanding, this is really a story of a multicultural community’s growth and development and the inevitable drama it can produce.”

Members of the Arizona Latino Media Association judged the entries.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a 37-year-old Los Angeles-based statewide nonprofit organization housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. The statewide group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

 

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