The National Association of Black Journalists on Saturday honored Boston Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers for her June 2013 article about the growing racial diversity of cyclists in Boston.
Powers received the association’s 2014 Salute to Excellence Award in the Newspaper-Specialty category for her story headlined “Shifting Gears” during a ceremony at the group’s 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston.
In the story, Powers reported that cycling is rapidly expanding among racial and ethnic minorities in Boston, despite the perception that most riders are “white and wealthy MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra, in cycling parlance) or scofflaw hipsters on fixed-gear bikes.”
In addition to Powers, Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson was a finalist in the Salute to Excellence categories of Commentary, International, and Graphics.
Jackson, a 2001 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and a nine-time winner of awards from the black journalists association, shared this year’s finalist nod in graphics with Globe layout editor Heather Hopp-Bruce.
The pair collaborated on Jackson’s “Graduation Gap Bowl,” his annual look at racial gaps in graduation rates at big-time college football programs.
The black journalists association was founded in 1975 and serves as “an organization of journalists, students, and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide,” according to its website.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.