By Shaynah Ferreira, RTDNA News
RTDNA presented its 2016 Kaleidoscope Awards at Excellence in Journalism 2016, honoring outstanding journalistic achievements in diversity both in the newsroom and in news coverage.
The awards recognize news outlets across the country that showcase excellent coverage of issues such as race, ethnicity, religion and sexual/gender identity. The winning journalists and their news organizations demonstrate significant impact in their communities and reflect the communities they serve.
One of the recipients was Amy Lacey, of WRIC-TV in Richmond, VA. Her series, "Living Transgender in RVA" won in the small market television category. In her series, Lacey talks with and profiles members of Richmond's transgender community and the issues they face living in the city.
"It's so humbling. I feel a power that I am able to empower people to express their truth. The transgender community in Richmond, VA is unfortunately not as open as many other places in the US like New York City or other metropolitan areas. But I am proud I was able to give them an outlet to speak their truth," said Lacey. "They were able to be honest about who they are and I felt beyond privileged to be able to share their story."
RTDNA hopes this year's Kaleidoscope Award winners will inspire journalists in newsrooms across the country to continue their dedication in providing in-depth coverage of diverse communities.
Visit our Kaleidoscope Awards page for the full list of this year's winners and links to their stories.