WGBH News and Media Relations


June 9, 2014

WGBH’s Basic Black recognized by National Association of Black Journalists

Three episodes of Basic Black nominated for Salute to Excellence Awards

BOSTON, Mass. (June 09, 2014) Three episodes from last season of WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Basic Black are finalists for the National Association of Black Journalists 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards."Hollywood and the Slave Narrative," a conversation about the film 12 Years a Slave, and "What Can We Learn from Charles Ramsey?," how the poor and people of color become internet memes, are finalists in the Television Public Affairs: Program category. "Beyond Locker Room Smack Talk," about bullying and the use of the N-word in the locker room, is a finalist in the Television Public Affairs: Interview/Discussion category. Basic Black is New England's longest-running program on public television focusing on the interests of people of color.

"I am thrilled that one of the most prestigious journalism organizations in the country has chosen so many of last season's episodes as finalists for the NABJ Excellence Awards,” said Basic Black Executive Producer Valerie Linson. “Basic Black's mission is to engage our viewers with analysis and commentary on the most current headlines and issues of the day. Regular panelists including Callie Crossley and Phillip Martin bring singular passion to in-depth conversations that provide context and perspective to our viewers.”

NABJ’s Excellence Awards honor work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism and public relations. Winners will be announced Saturday, August 2, 2014 at a gala celebration during NABJ’s 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston, the largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the country. A complete list of the 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards finalists is available here.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. ? ?Basic Black airs Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 2. Get more information at basicblack.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.



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