The Austin American-Statesman has selected 25 Texas Social Media Award winners and yours truly is one of those so honored. I remember looking at the list of winners for their inaugural award last year having no clue that I might recognized this year.
All the thanks goes to readers, watchers, followers, bloggers and friends. Because you deem my work worthy of taking a small part of your day to check out, and your willingness to engage, others have noticed.
And a special thanks to my wife Tamela and my family who continue to allow me to follow this crazy dream of mine.
A party and awards show honoring the Statesman Award Winners will be held on Sunday, March 14 in downtown Austin. At the party, one person from the group of 25 will be announced as the overall winner. 100 Free Tickets will be available for the event starting around noon today. You can get them here – http://socialmediawards.eventbrite.com. It would be great to see a few familiar faces down in A-Town when the awards are announced.
Again, thanks to everyone for your continued support.
HERE’S THE PRESS RELEASE WE SENT OUT ANNOUNCING MY RECEIVING THE AWARD
The Austin American-Statesman has announced the winners of the 2010 Texas Social Media Awards. Their list includes Shawn P. Williams, editor of DallasSouthNews.org and publisher of DallasSouthBlog.com. Williams is among 25 Texans recognized with a Statesman Award for their use of Facebook, Twitter, and other online media tools.
“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Williams. “It’s just another example of the power the internet has provided and the difference all of us can make if we use the tools,” he said. “There was a time when we had to wait for big media outlets to tell our stories, but now we can create our own content,” Williams said.
This is the second edition of the Statesman Social Media Awards. The initial list of 25 influential tech users was released last year. “We’ve gone from people who were early adopters and having fun with the technology to people using it for business and nonprofits in ways I’ve never even thought of before,” says American-Statesman social media editor Robert Quigley. Quigley, Statesman food writer and active social media user Addie Broyles and last year’s overall winner Michelle Greer, senior communications manager at Rackspace Hostings, chose winners from more than 150 nominees.
Williams launched the blog Dallas South in 2006. It has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, BBC, The Chicago Tribune and other national outlets. In 2009 he helped organize Dallas South News, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on Southern Dallas communities.
Judges asked each winner to share a Twitter-sized thought on social media. Williams responded: “Social media gives a voice to those (who) were shut out in the past. It also connects folks who would otherwise be strangers or estranged.”
A party and awards show honoring the Statesman Award Winners will be held on Sunday, March 14 in downtown Austin. At the party, one person from the group of 25 will be announced as the overall winner.
Here’s another list of winners.
JOSHUA BAER AND THE CAPITAL FACTORY
JENNIE Y. CHEN
JENN DEERING DAVIS AND HAYES DAVIS (CHEAPTWEET)
MARK “RIZZN” HOPKINS
NOTE: Dara Quackenbush and Cindy Royal won a joint award for their work at Texas State University.
KEVIN TUERFF AND VALERIE DAVIS
SHAWN P. WILLIAMS