Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity initiative was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a Salute to Excellence Award this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Radio Documentary category for “Race and Racism: A State of Opportunity Documentary.”
The “Race and Racism” documentary was produced by Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra and examined the role that race plays in education, employment opportunities and life outcomes for children. The documentary was part of Michigan Radio’s “State of Opportunity” project, a multi-year initiative looking at what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for Michigan’s most disadvantaged children. State of Opportunity is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is a national organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. The Salute to Excellence Award recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community during the year. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition is open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and/or online journalism media. Michigan Radio competed in the Radio-Top 15 Market category. The station’s State of Opportunity project was also a finalist for Salute to Excellence Awards in the Short Form News and Investigative Reporting categories.