In addition to raising the profile of Hamilton’s independent media community, the HIMAs also seeks to provide aid to journalists in the form of equipment, or monetary awards, that will help sustain their work. This aspect of the awards is particularly important to the organizers, as Maggie often struggled to keep her work going, often lacking the means to obtain equipment, such as audio recorders, cameras, and microphones. Most independent journalists and media outlets do their work without any type of financial support. As such, awards are great, but tangible support for the necessary work of independent media is crucial.
Who selects the winners?
What are the categories?
What constitutes ‘media’?
In order for media outlets to be eligible, they must be based and owned locally, and must be dedicated primarily to news reporting, commentary, or analysis.