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DeepFocus News Publisher named finalist for National Association of Black Journalists Award

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

The 2019 Juneteenth Banquet at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Duane C. Fernandez Sr., the publisher of DeepFocus News, filmmaker, and senior photojournalist for the Florida Courier has been nominated as a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists prestigious 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented during NABJ's Annual Convention & Career Fair in South Florida at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

Fernandez is one of the finalists in the Photojournalism: Multiple Images category. His photos were featured in the August 10-16, 2018 issue of the Florida Courier titled "Solidarity in Clearwater." Other finalists in the category are from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday.

The photos featured the Reverend Al Sharpton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Attorney Ben Crump and Democratic candidates who spoke at a rally August 5, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. Speaker's at "The Rally for Justice" questioned Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law before a packed audience at St. John Primitive Baptist Church. They spoke passionately as they pressed for charges to be brought against Michael Drejka the 47-year old White man who shot Markeis McGlockton, 28, during a fight over a parking space.

Fernandez is a creative, high-energy photojournalist, filmmaker, and blogger. His career includes capturing scenes of civil unrest as well as major events throughout the country. He wrote, directed and produced the documentary "Lies Uncovered The Truth About The Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys." The documentary was one of four Black History films chosen for viewing at the Orlando Urban Film Festival at Universal Studios AME Theaters in 2018. He is the owner and founder of Hardnotts Photography and Hardnotts University, a non-profit, with over 30 years of experience mentoring at-risk youth.

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