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Awards

We in the LGBTQ community have our own heroes: LGBTQ journalists who have shown courage and resolve by telling the truth, including their own personal truths, whatever the cost and whatever the difficulties. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists continually seeks to recognize those heroes in our midst. Since its inception, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists has recognized the work of hundreds of journalists.

Excellence in Journalism Awards
The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ community. In addition to Journalist of the Year, awards are presented for HIV/AIDS coverage, written news, written feature, written opinion/editorial, written sports, radio, television, documentary, photojournalism, online journalism, blogging, LGBTQ media and student journalism.

Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism
Since 2013, the Gannett Foundation has presented The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism to anNLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists member who best uses innovative approaches for investigative reporting.

Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ Coverage
The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ Coverage is an award designed to honor journalists who consistently bring stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to life in mainstream media outlets. The award honors individual journalists and news organizations who go the extra mile to ensure that all Americans are aware of the diversity within the LGBTQ community, as well as the unique struggles LGBTQ people face in the United States and around the world.

Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage
The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage is designed to honor a journalist whose body of work is distinguished by insight and impact through engaging features on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues.

Jeanne Cordova Award
The Jeanne Córdova Award recognizes the achievement of an LGBTQ woman for a current body of work in journalism and/or opinion, with an emphasis on but not exclusively coverage of issues of importance to the LGBTQ community, in any medium and on any platform.

Leadership Award
The Leadership Award, sponsored by Randy Lovely and the Gannett Foundation, recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on their newsrooms by increasing diversity and improving coverage of the LGBTQ community. The recipients of the award may not necessarily be active journalists themselves, but have nonetheless used their work to improve the news industry and the journalism profession.

Legacy Award
The Legacy Award was created to recognize an outlet, publication or news organization that has exhibited innovative, high-quality and sustained news coverage of the LGBTQ community over an extended period of time. The outlets, publications or news organizations that are recognized with the award have exemplified the association’s mission to promote and foster fair and accurate LGBTQ news coverage.

LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame
Established in 2005 as part of NLGJA’s 15th anniversary celebration, the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame honors individuals who made exemplary contributions through their careers to NLGJA’s mission of promoting fair and accurate coverage of issues affecting the LGBTQ community.