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Fil-Am reporter wins ethnic media journalism award

March 2, 2013 4:00pm
Freelance reporter Ryan Gajudo Macasero was chosen one of four Emerging Youth Voice awardees by the New America Media for a personal essay on overcoming depression he had written for The FilAm.

Ryan and dozens of awardees will be honored March 7th at the 2013 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California, honoring exceptional journalism by members of the ethnic media in the region. Here’s a link to the award-winning piece entitled, “Young journalist opens up about overcoming depression: The Asian American in isolation.”

In October, The FilAm won two journalism honors – Youth Voice and Outstanding Reportage — from the Plaridel Awards for outstanding journalists in the Filipino American media.

NAM received more than 150 individual entries from across the ethnic media sector in Southern California, said NAM Awards Chair Odette Keeley.

“These media outlets serve Latino, African-American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Armenian, Native-American, and Asian-American communities including Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, South Asian and Japanese audiences.”

NAM also drew entries from youth-led community media outlets in areas long underserved by both mainstream and ethnic media.

NAM will recognize first-place winners in 13 categories including Governance and Electoral Politics, Civil Liberties, International Affairs, Health, Education, Environment, Economy, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports and Community Advocacy.

The Los Angeles Multicultural Leadership Network, with a grant provided by the California Community Foundation, will present six awards recognizing coverage of inter-ethnic relations, and four awards for emerging youth media reporters.

The March 7th Awards Gala will be held at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum at SCPR’s Mohn Broadcast Center.

“From Koreatown activists pushing for fairer representation in redistricting, to reports on El Salvador’s new disappeared, to a 10-part Chinese media series on migrant farm workers, to victims of human trafficking within the Filipino community – this is only a sampling of the powerful stories reviewed in the selection process,” said Keeley.

“In a fractured media landscape, it’s more important than ever that we cover each other’s communities, not just our own,” said Sandy Close, NAM’s executive director.

Here’s the complete list of winners for the 2013 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California. - The FilAm
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