MIAMI, FL -The National Marine Manufacturers Association revealed the winners of the Directors’ Discover Boating Awards at the Miami International Boat Show Media Breakfast Thursday.
The awards – which were expanded this year to include five categories – and their recipients, were selected by the Executive Committee of the NMMA Board of Directors.
They awards are designed to encourage journalists to communicate the joys of the boating lifestyle to the uninitiated, and winners received a $1,000 prize and a Discovers’ Discover Boating Award.
In the category of newspapers with a circulation under 100,000, Betsy Clayton from the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., was selected for her column, “Boaters Have Much to Appreciate.”
Terry Tomalin, from the St. Petersburg Times, in St. Petersburg, Fla. won in the newspapers with a circulation over 100,000 category. Tomalin was honored for the new section he launched this year, “Gulf & Bay” and for the article “Home Sweet Boat.”
In the magazine category, Jim Gorant, a freelance writer for Men’s Journal was selected for his article “How to Buy a Boat.”
In the broadcast arena, Lauren Reynolds, a producer at KGTV in San Diego, won for her piece “Families Going Boating” for electronic broadcasts under 100,000.
Finally, in the category of electronic broadcast over 100,000, Dan Glaser from The Today Show was selected for the six-minute segment in Rockefeller Center on Discover Boating.
Judges selected winners based on the following criteria; 1) a welcoming, positive or intriguing portrayal of boating reaching a non-boating audience; 2) the ability to encourage the audience to try boating; 3) originality and creativity.
All submissions were for stories published, or segments broadcast, in the United States during the 2003 calendar year in a non-endemic media. Stories published or broadcast during the 2004 calendar year will be eligible for 2004 Directors’ Discover Boating Awards. Applications for the 2004 awards will be available in the spring at www.nmma.org/press
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