|Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum|
The Southern Ute Drum will be bringing home at least four “First Place” awards from this year’s Native American Journalism Association – media awards banquet. The week long conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida culminating with the awards ceremony on saturday evening.
Photos, first place: Jeremy Wade Shockley, for a Bear Dance photo of a little girl with a blue and white umbrella
News stories, first place: Ace Stryker, for “Legislators Withdraw Proposal to Cut Native Scholarships at FLC”
Best layout among biweekly and monthly papers (for Robert Ortiz’s work)
The highest award of all, General Excellence!
Our paper is run with a very small, but equally dedicated staff. Each with their own vision, backed by hard work and determination. The outcome is a tribal newspaper that continues to hold its own across Indian Country.
On the nature of awards…certainly a subject of value as we progress through a world of photography and journalism. As a freelance photographer I didn’t seek out too many awards for myself, inevitably I was focusing of generating content and moving forward.
A certain benefit of being affiliated with any publication, newspaper or magazine, is that the prospect of winning awards of very real. Entry fees are less daunting, the process is built into the day to day curriculum at the office, and most importantly you are putting your self out there as a team.
Everyone in the office puts their best work forward, and with the consensus of fellow staffers, prints are shipped along with the relevant editorial pieces. Then the wait, but with that comes introspection and an awareness that every time you go out in the field to craft a feature story for publication, that the very work you are about to create could be a contender for the next round of editorial critic!
With two feature stories and a half dozen images submitted to this years NAJA awards, I was pleased to have garnered a few of the accolades on behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Best Feature Photo: 3rd Place
Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bear Dance”
Best News Photo: 3rd Place
Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bennett Thompson”
News Story (Print): 2nd Place
Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer, The Southern Ute Drum, “Solix: Fueling a Better World”