By Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Know someone who is a trailblazer for women in sports journalism and is supportive of AWSM’s mission? If so, nominations are open for AWSM’s 2014 Mary Garber Pioneer Award.
The nomination deadline has been extended to Oct. 25, 2013. Email awards chair Meri-Jo Borzilleri (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your nomination. Include the nominee’s name, affiliation and a brief explanation of why you believe this person should be nominated.
The award is presented in recognition for distinguished work in the industry and a commitment to upholding and advancing the values of AWSM.
The award, along with the new Ann Miller Award for significant contributions to AWSM, will be presented at the 2014 convention, set for May 22-25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The Pioneer Award, AWSM’s highest honor, was given to Lisa Olson this year in one of the highlights of AWSM’s 25th anniversary convention in Phoenix.
Here’s a description of the criteria and process:
Each year since 1999, AWSM 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, 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 industry member should be acknowledged with your full participation.
While candidates need not be current 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.
To learn more about the Pioneer Award and past recipients, please visit this link.
Finalists will be selected by AWSM’s new awards committee and then voted upon by board members and Pioneer winners in late 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 | 2013: Lisa Olson