LOS ANGELES – Ahmadiyya Times and its editor were honored with one first-place award and two finalist nominations at the Los Angeles Press Club's 53rd annual journalism awards gala on June 26th, 2011.
The Southern California Journalism Awards are handed out to the Los Angeles area's journalists to recognize the excellence of their work in established as well as new and emerging media.
This year new categories were introduced to specifically honor various aspects of online journalism.
One of the categories introduced this year was to recognize coverage of news disseminated via Twitter.
Los Angeles based Ahmadiyya Times and its editor Imran Jattala (this reporter) received the first-place award in ‘News Tweet' category for their coverage of the May 28, 2010 terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
The reporting specially selected for this Journalism Award was their early Twitter coverage of the Ahmadi massacre in well-coordinated twin terrorist attacks in Punjab city of Lahore.
86 Ahmadi Muslims were murdered and hundreds injured during the simultaneous attacks in Gharri Shahu and Model Town mosques where, according to the police reports, four suicide bombers from Tehrilk-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had entered the two locations during Friday prayers.
Three terrorists perished when their suicide jackets were detonated and one terrorist was captured alive by Ahmadis and turned over the Police.
There is no credible update from Pakistani legal system on the captured terrorist’s fate.
In Los Angeles, during the journalism awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Ahmadiyya Times and Imran Jattala were also recognized among the finalists in Advocacy Journalism and Website-only News categories.
Will Lewis, President of the Los Angeles Press Club distribute the awards.
60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl received the President’s Award for Impact on Media; and NBC’s Richard Engel received Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.
Joseph M. Quinn Award for Journalistic Excellence and Distinction went to John Schwada of KTTV Fox News in Los Angeles.
Some of the presenters from the star-studded lineup were: Ed Asner from the 70’s Mary Tylor Moore Show; Patt Morrison, talk show host; Ray Abruzzo from The Sopranos; Waltom Goggins from Justified; Chris Blatchford from KTTV Fox News; Denise Grayson from The Social Network; Dan Lauria from the 80’s The Wonder Years; and Barbara Niven from One Life To Live.
Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was on hand on behalf of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and spoke about the killing of the Journalists especially at a high rate in Pakistan.
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