Not only will the 2013 convention be celebrating an AWSM anniversary, but it will also salute our 15th Mary Garber Pioneer Award winner.
We’re seeking nominations starting now — a little earlier than usual — to get the ball rolling on a milestone year for AWSM.
So don’t delay: Nomination deadline is Sept. 15.
Here’s a description of the award criteria and selection process:
Each year since 1999, the Association for Women in Sports Media has honored giants in the field of journalism with the Mary Garber Pioneer Award. Each year, a worthy recipient is recognized for her distinguished work in the industry and her commitment to upholding and advancing the values of AWSM.
Much like the late Mary Garber (pictured above), award winners have pushed the envelope, stretching themselves and those around them to aim higher and dig deeper.
From the days of breaking through closed locker room barriers to an era of excelling in new media and advanced technology, Pioneers with diligence and passion accept challenges and achieve greatness in the process.
Candidates for the Pioneer Award are nominated by the AWSM membership, and voted upon by the board members and past Pioneer Award recipients. The opportunity to nominate legends and trendsetters — past and present — for the highest honor bestowed upon an AWSM member should be acknowledged with your full participation.
While candidates need not be members of AWSM, we ask they be seen as supportive of the organization and its mission: to serve as a positive advocate for women in sports media; to mentor and assist young women entering into sports media and to serve as a watchdog, promoting fair portrayal of female professionals in sports media.
We are asking that every AWSM member nominate at least one person who epitomizes the spirit of the award.
Nominations are encouraged from all facets of media: newspapers, online, magazines, television, radio and public relations. Whether it’s covering unprecedented territory in new media, building towers of achievement in television, radio, newspapers and magazines, or pushing the industry forward with technology, visuals and more, Pioneer candidates need to be recognized .
Again, all nominations are due by Sept. 15, 2012. Email Pioneer Award chair Meri-Jo Borzilleri (merijo (dot) borzilleri (at) awsmonline (dot) org) with your nomination. Please include the nominee’s name, work or professional affiliation and a brief explanation of why you believe this person should be nominated.
To learn more about the Pioneer Award and past recipients, please visit: awsmonline.org/awsm-next-pioneer/
Finalists will be selected by the board and past Pioneer winners and then voted upon by mid-October.
Pioneer Award recipients:
1999: Lesley Visser
2000: Claire Smith
2001: Michele Himmelberg
2002: Tracy Dodds
2003: Melissa Ludtke
2004: Christine Brennan
2005: Cathy Henkel
2006: Kristin Huckshorn
2007: Julie Ward
2008: Mary Schmitt Boyer
2009: Linda Robertson
2010: Julie Cart
2011: Rosa Gatti
2012: Sandy Rosenbush