"Nine Commentaries" Wins National Journalism Award in the U.S. (Photos)
MINNEAPOLIS - The value of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was highlighted when it was honored with a National Journalism Award in the category, Asian American Issues - Online by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) on Thursday, August, 18, 2005.
The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party wins National Journalism Award in the category, Asian American Issues - Online by AAJA
Journalists from more than 1,000 newspapers, journals, television stations, radio stations and networks attended the grand occasion. This year, eleven awards were given in four categories including newspaper, online, broadcasting and TV reporting. Among more than 100 entries, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party published by the Epoch Times won top honors in the category "Asian American Issues - Online."
The author or authors of the Nine Commentaries must remain anonymous--their lives and their families' lives would be in danger if their identities were known by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In their place, Epoch Times editor John Nania had been nominated for the award. In Minneapolis, he accepted the award on behalf of the Epoch Times, and took the stage along with approximately eight other winners.
Other award winners included Ben de la Cruz, Senior journalist, Washington Post, Amy Waldman, foreign correspondence, New York Times, Ruby de Luna, reporter, KUOW National Public Radio, Seattle, and Sue Kuang, CBS 5 San Francisco from among other organizations.
The featured speaker at the awards luncheon was Walter Mondale, former U.S. Vice President and former ambassador to Japan. Mr. Nania had an opportunity to chat briefly with Mr. Mondale, who accepted a copy of the Nine Commentaries with interest. "I'll read this!" Mr. Mondale replied.
Representatives from the Epoch Times introducing the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale.
Founded in 1981, AAJA is a national, non-profit educational association based in San Francisco that has more than 2,300 members. Today, AAJA encourages young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and news managers in the industry. More and more journalists from Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bengal become AAJA members. The AAJA includes among its members some of the top journalists in the country, from network news anchors and reporters to Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, editors and photographers, to national radio show producers and major magazine editors.
Every year during the AAJA annual convention, National Journalism Awards are awarded for several categories including network, photo, radio, television, print, and journal. AAJA National Awards recognize and encourage excellence among Asian American journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American issues.
The 2005 AAJA convention had abundant programs including more than 50 special topic discussions, career service, individual assistance, and social gatherings. Discussion involved topics on practical issues faced by Asians in the U.S., the American media's view on Asian Americans, news reports on the tsunami in Southeast Asia, as well as ethics in media work.
The Nine Commentaries is a series of essays revealing--for the first time--the full, shocking history of the Chinese Communist Party. The Nine Commentaries was first published in Chinese in the Epoch Times newspaper in November 2004. It was then translated into English and posted on the Internet and put in print. Now it is available in 20 languages. Since its publication, the series of essays aroused broad attention and up to the present, more than 3.8 million people have peacefully and publicly resigned their membership in the CCP and associated organizations, with a daily average of 20,000 to 30,000 resignations.
Award winners of the 2005 AAJA Convention
Ben de la Cruz, Senior journalist, Washington Post
John Nania, editor in chief, the Epoch Times
Traci Jan, staff writer, Boston Globe
Alison Overhalt, contributing writer, Fast Company Magazine
Amy Waldman, foreign correspondence, New York Times
Noreen O'Donnell, reporter, The Journal News, White Plains, NY
Marcella Rojas, reporter, The Journal News, White Plains, NY
Ruby de Luna, reporter, KUOW National Public Radio, Seattle
Dmae Roberts, executive producer, Media Rites, Porland, OR
Sue Kuang, CBS 5 San Francisco
David Ono, KABC-TV, Los Angeles