With the 50th anniversary of the Selma march this weekend, journalists from around the world descended here in Alabama. There have been some excellent pieces written leading up to the event, and more to come.
As we look back (and forward) in my state, there are many fine examples of stories that tell of struggle and change. To that, I encourage my media friends to nominate their work, or the work of others, for a 2015 IVOH Award of Appreciation. IVOH stands for Images of Voices and Hope. The non-profit supports storytellers of all kinds (photographers, advertising folks, writers, and more) who create work designed to encourage dialogue, growth, and positivity. (Read more here.)
The awards are a great chance to recognize outstanding work. From IVOH's website:
"The awards celebrate organizations and individuals whose media projects show a commitment to constructive change. Media practitioners from journalism, photography, documentary film, gaming, advertising, and the arts can nominate themselves or others for the award. We recognize single media projects and ongoing work."
Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the annual IVOH Restorative Narrative and Retreat (June 25-28) in Haines Falls, NY. Past winners include Grace Anezia, founder of NOTE Magazine, June Cohen, executive producer of TED Media, and David Fanning, Executive Producer of Frontline.
The deadline for nominations is April 1. For full guidelines, and to nominate someone, visit the awards info page.