- ESPN The Magazine and The Undefeated Collaborate to Win Four Awards
- The Undefeated Senior Entertainment Writer Kelley Carter Receives NABJ President’s Award
ESPN was honored with an industry-leading eight NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards on Saturday night at the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention & Career Fair in South Florida. ESPN awards at the prestigious annual event honoring exemplary coverage of African-American people or issues included four content collaborations produced by ESPN The Magazine and The Undefeated, the company’s content platform focused on the intersections of sports, race and culture.
In addition to its work with ESPN The Magazine, The Undefeated captured two additional awards, and The Undefeated’s senior entertainment writer Kelley Carter received the special NABJ President’s Award for her contributions to the organization and the craft of journalism, at large.
“I am enormously proud of The Undefeated’s staff, and proud of the range and originality of the work NABJ just honored,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated. “It’s inspiring to receive such recognition, including having one of our senior writers singled out for her contributions to black journalists.”
ESPN’s 2019 NABJ awards:
ESPN The Magazine:
Magazine (Over 1 Million): Sports
- Most Dominant Athlete of 2018: Simone Biles by The Undefeated culture lead Danyel Smith – a profile of gymnast Simone Biles as the most dominant athlete in 2018
Magazine (Over 1 Million) – Art & Design: Page Design
- State of the Black Athlete – Magazine cover art for the special “State of the Black Athlete” magazine issue powered by The Undefeated (Chin Wang, Rami Moghadam, Beth Stojkov and Justin McCraw).
Magazine (Over 1 Million) – General Reporting
- How the Warriors Became the Wokest Team in Pro Sports by The Undefeated senior writers Marc Spears (NBA) and Lonnae O’Neal (narratives)
Magazine (Over 1 Million) – Commentary/Essay
- For NFL Players, One Daunting Question Looms by The Undefeated’s Domonique Foxworth. The former NFL Players Association president’s essay on the anxiety and pressure of playing in the National Football League.
- Digital Media – Online Project: Feature
No Ceilings: How African American Female Athletes Use Community to Navigate Negative Images by Lonnae O’Neal, Maya Jones and The Undefeated Staff – an innovative, multi-faceted project on black female athletes.
- Digital Media – Sports
How J.R. Smith Bounced Back from Game 1 by Jesse Washington – a portrait of the former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith in the aftermath of his mental collapse in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
- Television Network – Documentary
SC Featured: Respect – ESPN’s SC Featured story on 25-year-old Andrew Peterson, a Special Olympics long distance runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon.