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2014 Awards

Dear RTCA members,

I’m happy to kick off the 2014 submission process for the Joan S. Barone, David Bloom and Jerry Thompson awards. Winners will be announced at the 70th annual RTCA Congressional Correspondents Dinner, set for June 12 at the Marriott Marquis.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Some good news for many of you: this year, we are allowing organizations to submit both the entry application and story content electronically.  See the attached documents for detailed information and instructions.

The Joan S. Barone Award recognizes excellence in Washington-based Congressional or political reporting in the past year.  The award honors the memory of Joan Shorenstein Barone, a CBS producer known for her tenacity, detailed memory and relentless pursuit of answers from politicians.

The David Bloom Award celebrates exceptional enterprise, investigative or enterprise reporting done in the past year, with a particular eye toward journalism that is fresh, daring or undertaken in difficult circumstances.  The award honors the memory of David Bloom, a dogged, creative and gutsy correspondent and anchor for NBC News.

The Jerry Thompson Award recognizes extraordinary careers in photojournalism production, focusing on the qualities of selflessness, mentorship and commitment to quality.  The award honors the memory of Jerry Thompson, a longtime videographer for CNN known for his generous friendship, willingness to help others and consistently pushing above and beyond expectations.

Again, we will announce winners at our June 12 dinner.  The gala will be one of the first major events inside the new Marriott Marquis and the RTCA is pretty darned excited that comedian Nick Offerman of NBC’s Parks & Recreation will headline.

If your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact me at lisa.desjardins@cnn.com.

For award questions or ticket information, please contact Ivan Goldberg at rtcadinner@comcast.net or (202) 997-1861.

Good luck to those who submit entries and, for everyone, it is going to be a wonderful night!

Sincerely,

Lisa Desjardins

2014 Dinner Chair

@LisaDCNN.  CNN Capitol Hill Reporter.

70th Annual Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

SAVE THE DATE! June 12, 2014

On behalf of the Radio & Television Correspondents Association, I’m thrilled to announce our 70th annual Congressional Correspondents’ dinner will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at a location that is not only new to us, but new to all of Washington: the Marriott Marquis at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

The hotel, one of just five Marriott Marquis hotels in the country, is right on schedule for its May opening and we are proud to be among the first Washington galas inside.

As you know, this dinner is special. This is the largest social gathering of Washington journalists, sources and members of Congress for the year.  And, we have proven to be one of, alright, *the most* fun of the galas.  So we hope you consider attending and encourage your bureau to buy tickets.

Stay tuned for some big announcements in the next two weeks.

In particular, I’m very excited about our entertainment. It’s hard for me to keep the great news to myself, but we are finalizing contract details.  Stand by for information on that and on ticket sales coming soon.

News organizations which have purchased tables in the past will receive direct information about tickets and tables but all members may purchase individual tickets for themselves and a guest regardless of their news organization’s participation.

Get excited, this will be an unforgettable night.

Sincerely,

Lisa Desjardins, CNN

2014 RTCA Dinner Chairman

 

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