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NABJ Honors the Life and Legacy of NABJ Founder Acel Moore

NABJ mourns the passing of Acel Moore, an NABJ founder and legendary Philadelphia journalist. Moore died Friday night at home in Wyncote, Pa. He was 75.

Moore was a respected newspaper columnist, reporter and editor. He began his career with The Philadelphia Inquirer as a copy clerk in 1962 after working as a medic in the Army. He advanced to editorial clerk and then became one of the first black reporters at The Inquirer in 1968. His career spanned more than four decades. Moore won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for investigative reporting for a series of stories that depicted the abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital.

“Acel was an icon to black journalists, he was an icon to journalists of color, he was an icon to all journalists. Acel was a legendary wordsmith whose impact resonates throughout the journalism industry," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Acel left a 


wonderful legacy as a humanitarian, truth seeker, fighter for equal opportunity and trailblazer who opened doors for countless journalists, especially those of color. We will honor his memory by continuing the fight for diversity in all newsrooms now more than ever.”

In 1973, Moore founded the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists with fellow Philadelphia journalists Chuck Stone and Claude Lewis. Their work and that of other early PABJ members laid the groundwork for the National Association of Black Journalists, which was founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C.

“I traveled the world with Acel to my great benefit and our mutual delight, growth and sometimes close calls. We nearly missed our flight in Mozambique, for example, and would have been stranded in Maputo without a word of Portuguese, to say nothing of Tsonga, between us. 


OK, we knew one Portuguese word, ‘uisque,’" said fellow NABJ Founder Les Payne. “Acel loved life as displayed by his heroic struggle over the last few years. Acel loved NABJ; and NABJ loved him back--I know I did.”

Not just a print journalist Moore and fellow NABJ co-founder Reginald Bryant co-hosted the public television program Black Perspectives on the News, which aired on WHYY-TV, Philadelphia’s public T.V. station, but the program was also broadcast nationally on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) from 1973-1979.

In 1979, he completed the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University where he focused his studies on law and urban studies. In 1981, he was named a columnist and began to pen editorials and columns for The Inquirer as part of the editorial board.


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 NABJ Mourns the Loss of Member Michael J. Feeney


NABJ mourns the loss of member Michael J. Feeney, a former reporter for The New York Daily News, immediate past president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, and a past recipient of NABJ’s Emerging Journalist of the Year Award.

 Feeney, 32, died Sunday after going into cardiac arrest while being treated for a staph infection in his kidneys, according to an obituary published in The Daily News.

“I am shocked to learn of Michael’s passing. He was a respected leader within NABJ having served with distinction as chapter president of the New York Association of Black Journalists for years. His leadership led to that chapter receiving the NABJ 
Chapter of the Year Award,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “He was a tenacious journalist who possessed a passion and energy for telling stories reflective of diverse communities -- stories which otherwise might not have been told.”

Glover first met Feeney in 2003 at the NABJ Region II Conference in Atlantic City, as he traveled with other Delaware State students to their very first NABJ conference. 

She fondly remembers his ambitious desire to learn the craft and meet working black journalists.

 Feeney learned journalism from the best. He was taught by NABJ founder DeWayne Wickham at Delaware State University and was a founding member of the university’s student chapter.

"Michael Feeney was friend, a mentee and a former student of mine, whom I admired greatly. He was far more talented than he allowed himself to believe; much more the master of his destiny than he was willing to contemplate,” Wickham said. "He was an immensely talented young black man for whom -- like far too many of our young black men -- death came way too early. I trust that he is already at work in God's newsroom."

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ESPN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will expand their relationship by offering an internship at ESPN that will begin in the summer of 2016.

The internship will be offered in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. The longtime ESPN anchor died January 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

Interested students will apply for the internship, which will include pay and housing, via the NABJ Sports Task Force, which promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing the next wave of America’s sports journalists. Candidates will be submitted to ESPN from the NABJ Sports Task Force.


ESPN Internship program details:

June 6 – August 12, 2016 located in Bristol, CT

-This is a paid internship – 10 weeks, 40 hours per week

- The student will also receive $3500 scholarship on behalf of ESPN and The Sports Task Force.

-Interns will pay $1,000 for a fully furnished apartment/dorm that covers 10 weeks. 

-Programming events hosted throughout the summer including Intern Symposium

(which kicks off with Q&A with John Skipper), Speaker Events with ESPN leaders & networking with Recruiters for full-time positions

-The scholarship winner may be placed in a Production or Editorial internship. 

Production Internship:

ESPN’s Production Department consists of three units: Studio Production, Event Production and International Production. The internship position will be involved in several phases of either department, including technical responsibilities such as operating a teleprompter during live programming and content responsibilities.

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 NABJ Congratulates Member Jeff Ballou on His Election as Vice President of The National Press Club

NABJ congratulates member Jeff Ballou on his election as Vice President of The National Press Club. The Press Club is a private club of more than 3,000 journalists and communications professionals, and has been a Washington institution for more than a century. As one of the nation’s oldest journalism clubs, The Press Club is dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.


"Jeff Ballou is an experienced journalist and a devoted leader. I am confident that he will continue to be an advocate for a press that is reflective of the communities we serve in Washington, and beyond," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "As a board member of The Press Club for the last two years and as a past member of the Executive Committee of the Radio & Television Correspondents Association, he has shown an ability to lead, build consensus and ensure that the members of the groups he is associated with are well served."


Ballou is a news editor/manager at Al Jazeera Media Network’s English language channel, a channel he helped to launch in 2006. He previously worked at WTTG-TV/FOX 5 DC as a planning editor, at CONUS as a general assignment and later White House producer. He has also worked at C-SPAN and National Public Radio.

"There is no way a Jeff Ballou stands as Vice-President elect of the nearly 109-year-old National Press Club without the path paved by the founders of both the Capital Press Club, who were turned away as members at the end of World War II and the National Association of Black Journalists whom together, paved the way for me to exist in the profession, let alone be successfully elected to serve it," Ballou said.

He joined the National Press Club in 1992 and while in Washington was also president of the Washington chapter of NABJ and later served as a national committee  co-chair.

Ballou who earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State University, and a master's degree from American University.

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NABJ Celebrates 40

On Saturday, December 12, NABJ celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a reception at the AFL-CIO. During the event attendees had the opportunity to meet many of our founders up close and personal, and hear stories about their pioneering spirit and triumph, as we saluted and honored them with a special tribute. Pictured above are our founders with attendees in front of the White House. NABJ would like to thank Buick, our Exclusive Title Host.Watch highlights from the event here.


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