The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) chose TV One’s, original series, “Finding Our Missing,” to bestow its annual Best Practices Award. TV One will be given the award in New Orleans during NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career from June 20-24.
The Best Practices Award is given to a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora. “Finding Our Missing” fits the bill.
“Finding Our Missing” is hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) and is an hour-long, docu-drama series that puts names and faces to people of color -- young and old -- who have disappeared without a trace. Each episode features a dramatic and emotional tale that places the viewer within the lives of the missing person, along with reflecting the pain of their loved ones, while confronting dead ends at every turn.
From the moment of their disappearance the story back tracks to learn about the missing person from the people who knew them best – who they were, what made them tick and how they touched those around them. With each break’s cliffhanger and each new twist unearthed, viewers will be more than just engrossed in the story being told; they will want to help solve the case.
“This series counters the media's tendency to not focus on missing people of color. Local outlets in these cases usually make a good effort to publicize these stories, but the cases rarely rise to the level of national media attention. `Finding Our Missing’ allows us do something about that,” said NABJ President Greg Lee, Jr. “TV One deserves this recognition for making sure these stories get told.”
At the end of each episode Merkerson signs off by saying, “Be safe and keep an eye out,” a reminder to be aware, be responsible, and be involved in being part of the solution.