Submit your nominees by February 17th
Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott
Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is still accepting nominations for media professionals and students who have produced material for the public which accurately and positively reports on people with disabilities. Nominations can be submitted by anyone and self-nominations are encouraged. Just complete the submission form at the bottom of this email and send it to GCPD! Awards are presented in several different categories, including Book, Broadcast, Photojournalism, Print, and College or High School Student.
Unsure what makes a good nomination? Check out GCPD’s website for a list of previous winners. Award-winning works will be accurate and positive, employ respectful depictions of people with disabilities, and use people-first language. GCPD believes that journalists help shape our perceptions and thereby our culture; well-produced, creative stories illustrating people with disabilities as a person before all else benefits everyone.
Elements in past winning entries include:
- Portraying people with disabilities as independent and productive
- Focusing on stories about people first and disability second
- Using people with disabilities as sources, rather than as examples
- Placing coverage in appropriate subject area (e.g. sports covered in sports section
Winners are selected by a panel of professional journalists, people with disabilities, and disability services professionals. For more information, submission guidelines, and entry forms, please contact our office or visit the BJMA page on our website. The nomination deadline is February 17th.