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The Poynter Institute and NABJ Announce the 2017 Class for the
Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

 


WASHINGTON, D. C. (Nov. 13, 2017) -- 
The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are pleased to announce the 2017 class for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, a transformational leadership program for journalists of color.

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NABJ Denounces Cyberbullying and Body Shaming Journalists Face


TV journalist Demetria Obilor was a recent victim of online harassment


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 6, 2017) --
 The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is appalled at the insensitive and hateful social media posts recently leveled toward traffic reporter Demetria Obilor of WFAA-TV in Dallas. While many have shared messages of support, Obilor has been the target of negative social media posts that criticize her hair, looks and attire. One viewer, expressing her displeasure, even called for a boycott of the station.

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NABJ Opens Request for Proposals for 2019 and 2021 Conventions


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is officially opening the Request For Proposal (RFP) convention site selection process for NABJ Conventions in 2019 and 2021.

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First Time in History, NABJ Re-Elects President to Second Term

Sarah Glover, NBC's social media pro, to lead the mighty NABJ through 2019


Several of the 2017-19 NABJ Board of Directors and Executive Director Sharon Toomer at NABJ headquarters.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2017) --
In a historic move, members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected NBC Owned Television Station's Sarah Glover to a second term as president in August during its annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Elections Chair John Yearwood presented the certified elections results at the NABJ board meeting last weekend.

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Welcome Mixer in Honor of NABJ's New Executive Director

FRIENDS OF NABJ,

The NABJ Board of Directors convenes this weekend in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Members and friends are welcome to join the board for a Welcome Mixer in honor of Sharon Toomer, NABJ's new executive director, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at Drift on 7th at 1819 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.


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Nikole Hannah-Jones Named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow


Photo Courtesy: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds award-winning, veteran investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on her being named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow for 2017.

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2020 NABJ-NAHJ Convention to Take Place in Washington, D.C., Hotel Bids Now Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2017) -- In preparation for another successful joint convention, the leadership teams of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announce the 2020 joint convention will take place in Washington, D.C. The organizations are now accepting hotel bids for the 2020 joint convention from hotels in Washington, D.C.

 

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NABJ Reminds Newsrooms to Add Historical Context to 'Mass Shooting' Coverage


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2017) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) issued a reminder yesterday on Twitter of the statement the organization released last year along with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) advising newsrooms on language associated with coverage of modern day shootings.

To date, 59 people have been confirmed dead and more than 500 people were injured in the tragedy caused by lone wolf shooter Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.

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NABJ Names Media Executive Sharon Toomer as its Executive Director

Former journalist and public affairs senior executive brings impressive portfolio to oldest and largest journalists of color association

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) -- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover announces that the organization is naming Sharon Toomer, an accomplished media executive and nonprofit leader, as its new executive director. The announcement today comes after an intense selection process and extensive national search facilitated by Harris Rand Lusk.

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NABJ's Impact Felt at CBCF Conference

NABJers participated in the General Session Luncheon at the 
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 47th Annual Legislative Conference



Panelists from left, Dr. Jason Johnson of The Root, Carlton Houston of WUSA, Panama Jackson of VSB, Karen Carter Richards of Houston Forward Times, Shuanise Washington of CBCF, NABJ President Sarah Glover, Francesca Chambers of DailyMail.com, Armstrong Williams of Howard Stirk Holdings and Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 23, 2017) -- For the first time in its 42-year history, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has entered into a programming collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the positive response has been noteworthy.

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NABJ and CBCF Explore Storytelling at Gathering


National Association of Black Journalists Partners with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at 
47th Annual Legislative Conference
NABJ and CBCF to explore how storytelling impacts civic engagement

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 20, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is partnering with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) at its 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. this week. NABJ members will be participating in the ALC's signature event, the General Session Luncheon, titled "The 5 W's Are Still About Storytelling" on Sept. 21, 2017 starting at 11:30 a.m. 

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Statement from the National Association of Black Journalists on Jemele Hill

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) -- Jemele Hill is an award-winning, veteran journalist who has distinguished herself for having insightful opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics. Having been successful along those lines for 20 years, she has been able to connect with viewers on ESPN as well as on various social media platforms.

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 NABJ Creates Relief Fund for Members Affected by Hurricanes



NABJ Establishes Hurricane Fund, Solicits Support as Disasters Continue to Wreak Havoc
NABJ members impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are encouraged to apply

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) continues to express concern and extends offers of support as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey caused deaths and destruction while also displacing thousands of families.

NABJ has established a fund to help NABJ members impacted by the hurricanes. Donations are requested here: NABJ Relief for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Those NABJ members directly impacted by the storms may email NABJ Region III Director Ken Lemon at HurricaneFund@nabj.org with appeals and to share detailed information about their need.


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Harvey Reminds Us that NABJ Cares About People and Journalism



WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 2, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) salutes the work of its members and colleagues in the face of disaster. Citing outstanding coverage, acts of heroism and compassion, NABJ President Sarah Glover is calling attention to the efforts of many journalists working under extreme conditions as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc, not only in Texas but in the region and as far away as Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana.

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Emma Bowen Foundation Receives 2017 NABJ Best Practices Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 1, 2017) -The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media is the recipient of the Association's 2017 Best Practices Award.

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Sheila Brooks Receives 2017 NABJ President's Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 31, 2017) -- Long-time National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) member Sheila Brooks is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious NABJ President's Award.

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Ford Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to NABJ

The two-year grant supports executive level leadership as part of strategic plan implementation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 8, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce the Ford Foundation is granting $150,000 to NABJ to help further the organization's strategic plan implementation.

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NABJ Announces Participants for the 2017 Student Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce those who will participate in the Student Multimedia Project during the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair, Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project is part of the organization's Student Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Program. Annually, NABJ offers an all-expenses-paid fellowship to outstanding college students that allows them to cover the convention and local stories in the host city. 

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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Jim Vance

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JULY 22, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of pioneering broadcast journalist WRC-TV/NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance.

 

"It's a sad day in American journalism. The passing of legendary journalist Jim Vance has struck a chord with the nation and rightfully so as he was a pioneer and role model among the nation's top broadcasters," said NABJ President Sarah Glover, NBC Owned Television Stations Social Media Editor. "As one of the first African-American primetime anchors in a major television market, Vance was an impeccable deliverer of news, keeping the citizens of Washington informed for 45 years. He inspired multiple generations of African-Americans to pursue journalism as their craft. His beautiful spirit touched everyone he met and lives on in the scores of working journalists he mentored."

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Dear NABJ Family:
 
On behalf of the NABJ Board of Directors and staff, I am excited to share the latest and very important 2017 NABJ Convention & Career Fair highlights. We are just three weeks away and gearing up for the #NABJ17 "Power Up & Break Through"convention at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel from Aug. 9-13, 2017. We expect nearly 3,000 journalists, media professionals, educators and students to attend our annual gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please share this email with your colleagues for a program rundown and visit our convention home for updates here
 
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ !

 

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#NABJ17 New Orleans Volunteer Day of Service Powered by Eli Lilly

There are still thousands of families who cannot afford to rebuild the homes they owned pre-Katrina. Join NABJ for our #NABJ17 New Orleans Volunteer Day of Service as we partner with the St. Bernard Project during the month of Katrina's twelfth anniversary to help families finally come back home. Volunteer your time to paint and drywall while sharing your story on social media.  The deadline to register for the NABJ Volunteer Day of Service is July 21, 2017.                        Read More

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Fox News and Ebony Magazine Receive "Thumbs Down" Award from NABJ

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) issues its 2017 Thumbs Down Award to FOX News and Ebony magazine.
 
The Thumbs Down Award is presented annually to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartoon about the black community or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of the National Association of Black Journalists.
"We take this award very seriously," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "It is our hope that the recipients would re-evaluate their policies and procedures to ensure that they are following the highest journalistic and ethical standards."

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NABJ to Honor Columnist Rochelle Riley with Ida B. Wells Award

Riley to receive the award at the award at the hall of Fame Luncheon on Aug. 11

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press, will receive the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award. Riley will be presented with the award at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Friday, Aug 11, 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans Aug. 9-13, 2017.

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OWN's Queen Sugar and Greenleaf Casts to Converge on #NABJ17

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce that the casts of OWN's "Greenleaf" and"Queen Sugar" are among those who will attend the annual A&E Task Force reception at the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans Aug. 9-13, 2017. NABJ even received a shout-out on this week's episode of "Queen Sugar" and by Director Ava DuVernay on Twitter.

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NABJ Announces Finalists for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards 

Winners will be announced at the gala celebration on Aug. 12th in New Orleans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today the finalists for its 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. The competition honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public relations. Winners will be announced Saturday, Aug. 12, at a gala celebration during NABJ's 42nd Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, the largest annual gathering for journalists of color in the country.
Finalists include veteran journalists Steve Crump of WBTV in Charlotte, Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times Magazine, Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal, TV One's Roland Martin, Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press and 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker.

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NABJ Sports Task Force Welcomes Charles Barkley. Simone Manuel and Other Sports Influencers to #NABJ17

Attend the NABJ Sports Jam and party with a purpose. There's just four days left to register as a pre-registrant and save

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce former NBA player and sports commentator Charles Barkley and NFL Hall of Fame Cris Carter are among those who will attend the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans Aug. 9-13, 2017. 

Gus Johnson of Fox Sports will moderate an NABJ Sports Task Force panel, "A Conversation on the Intersection of Sports, Social Justice, and Activism," that will feature Barkley and Carter, along with Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated and Nzinga Shaw, chief diversity and inclusion officer for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. The panel, on Aug. 10, will discuss the role -- if any -- of professional athletes as it relates to social unrest in the country and how journalists can report about race and sports in ways that move the needle.

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ASNE brings Emerging Leaders Institute to #NABJ17




Apply now for the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute hosted by NABJ Executive Suite Aug. 8-9 at the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans. The goal of this institute is to train up-and-coming news leaders with diverse backgrounds and help them develop core leadership and strategic skills.

The institute is free to all participants and will provide travel reimbursements of up to $500per participant after the institute.

This is the second institute of the four that ASNE is hosting this year to help train the next generation of news leaders. The first institute trained 25 participants last week at Loyola University Chicago. The other two institutes will be offered in September and October.

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NABJ Announce Workshop Panels and List of Speakers for

#NABJ17 Convention and Career Fair




Washington, DC (June 22, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce its slate of workshop panels and some of the esteemed speakers who will be joining us at the 2017 Convention and Career Fair at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Aug. 9-13, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. About 3,000 professionals, educators and students from across the media industry will be attending the #NABJ17, the largest journalism of color jobs fair and the premier venue for career development and journalism education for members employed in media, business, arts and entertainment, and technology.

See the complete list of cutting-edge #NABJ17 professional development workshops here
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NABJ Seeks Executive Director


NABJ is seeking to identify its next Executive Director who can build on its current accomplishments and lead the organization with vision and inspired leadership to take NABJ to the next level of growth and sustainability.
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Poynter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Announce 2017 Academy for Diversity in Digital Media




Applications now open for tuition-free program led by Mizell Stewart III, vice president of
news operations for the USA TODAY Network, and media strategist Ju-Don Marshall


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 13, 2017)
– The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will once again offer a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train the best and brightest journalists of color working in digital media.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will take place Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free, thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, TEGNA Foundation, with additional funding from The New York Times. To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go to here.
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National Association of Black Journalists Launches
Black Male Media Project to #InspireBlackMen



NABJ Chapters to host workshops nationwide on June 10

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is launching its Black Male Media Project, an initiative to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society, with a series of workshops nationwide on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The NABJ Black Male Media Project will launch with 19 NABJ affiliate chapters hosting events in various cities across the United States, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, all on the same day. The initiative is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in or aspire to work in journalism and media.

"NABJ has created the Black Male Media Project to combat the blotter-to-mugshot images of black male faces, to create a fresh and real view of black men in America and across the diaspora and to help build trust in communities nationwide," said Sarah Glover, NABJ president.
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NABJ Announces Finalists for the 2017 Student Chapter of the Year 


Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the finalists for the NABJ Student Chapter of the Year Award. The nominees are the Carolina Association of Black Journalists, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Association of Black Journalists and Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists. 

The NABJ Student Chapter of the Year Award is given to an NABJ student chapter for accomplishments during the eligibility period. Criteria include, but is not limited to, the number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's campus and community activities and programs. 

"They're all strong candidates," said NABJ Student Representative Wilton Jackson. "I know people who work in those chapters and they really work hard to get their students involved in campus and off-campus media. All three are deserving of this."

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NABJ Announces National Search for Executive Director

Move Comes after a Successful Reorganization

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce that it is conducting a national search for a permanent executive director. The search will be led by the respected New York-based firm, Harris Rand Lusk, and will begin immediately.
 
Since October 2015, the NABJ has filled the responsibilities of the vacant executive director position by contracting the consulting services of Drew Berry. Under the leadership of NABJ President Sarah Glover, Berry worked closely with NABJ staffers, and the NABJ board and members, to oversee a financial turnaround at the organization. Berry will continue to provide consulting services to the NABJ until June 30.
 
"The NABJ Board thanks Drew Berry for his excellent service to the association as executive consultant for the last 20 months," said Glover. "Drew's role in the association's million-dollar turnaround is noteworthy and appreciated." 
 
Over the last year, the NABJ board and staff created new programs, such as the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, and the Black Twitter Conference and Basics Bootcamp. The organization also issued an industry-recognized three-year strategic plan, and ended 2016 with a projected $1.2 million surplus.
 
The executive director search is the first major item to be implemented following the successful completion of the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020
 
NABJ is a 3,500 member organization that produces a successful annual convention, provides training for members via the NABJ Media Institute, regional conferences and skills-based webinars and in-person trainings, awards scholarships to students annually, and advocates on behalf of black journalists and a myriad of issues in the black and minority communities.
 
For more information on the executive director search, please contact Jack Lusk, managing partner of Harris Rand Lusk at jlusk@harrisrand.com. Lyons Wooten is available at jlwooten@nabj.org and 301-405-0248.
 
Do not miss "Power Up and Break Through," the NABJ Convention and Career Fair from Aug. 9-13, 2017 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Information for the NABJ Convention, hotels, and tickets for special events can be found here.

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NABJ Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 Ceremony to be held during #NABJ17 Convention in New Orleans on Aug. 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce its 2017 Hall of Fame class -- Michael Days, Rev. Aisha Karimah, John Jenkins and Garth C. Reeves, Sr. The induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana on Aug. 11, 2017 as part of NABJ's national convention. The Hall of Fame Award is the highest recognition given by the organization.

"NABJ is honored to recognize such an esteemed group of African American journalists whose works and lives have epitomized journalistic excellence and a spirit of love, faith and endurance during some very challenging times in our country and the industry," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "These valiant soldiers without swords not only excelled in their chosen field, they also brought others along with them. We stand on their shoulders."                                                                                            
 

 

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Finalists Announced for

2017 NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 25, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the finalists for the NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year Award. The nominees are the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.
 
The NABJ Chapter of the Year Award is presented to a professional affiliate chapter for its accomplishments during the eligibility period. The criteria includes but is not limited to the number of new members who have joined the chapter and NABJ, the chapter's community activities and programs, and the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter.
 
"The heart of NABJ is in its local chapters. They are the association's boots on the ground and are key in fulfilling NABJ's mission of providing quality programs and services to advocating on behalf of black journalists," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "These three chapters are applauded for the work in their communities on behalf of NABJ."

 

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Bobby Henry Sr. is the Recipient of the

2017 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2017-- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Bobby Henry, publisher of the Westside Gazette in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the recipient of the 2017 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

The award, named for the late Angelo B. Henderson, recognizes a journalist who has had a positive impact on the community outside the realm of journalism. Henderson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal who later became a minister, community activist and radio talk show host. Henderson also served NABJ in numerous capacities, including chapter president and national parliamentarian.
 
Upon receiving word that he would be honored, the self-proclaimed chef first expressed surprise and disbelief. Clearly someone was pranking him, he said. "I'm usually not short on words," said Henry. "I was elated and immediately thought about George Curry (former editor-in-chief of the NNPA newswire service and long-time NABJ member and former Journalist of the Year) and here's a group that I hold in high esteem honoring me. I consider it a blessing and huge honor."
 

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NABJ Selects Ron Thomas for the 2017 Legacy Award

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected journalism educator Ron Thomas as the recipient of the 2017 NABJ Legacy Award.

The award is presented annually to a black print, broadcast, digital or photo journalist of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers and blazed trails.

For the past decade, Thomas has lead the Journalism and Sports Program at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Before joining the faculty, he had a distinguished 34-year career as a sports reporter and copy editor at several major newspapers across the nation.

"I am totally thrilled," Thomas said about being named the Legacy Award recipient. "I thought if I could get a (Sam Lacy Sports) Pioneer Award that would be my legacy. This is like my personal Pulitzer Award."

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NABJ Names Cheryl W. Thompson, of George Washington University and The Washington Post, the Educator of the Year

 
Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2017) -- Cheryl W. Thompson, an associate professor at George Washington University and a journalist who writes investigative stories for The Washington Post, has been named the 2017 NABJ Educator of the Year.

"As a journalist, I've won awards, but being recognized by NABJ -- an organization that has meant so much to me over the years -- is simply the best," Thompson said. "It's validation that the time I spend helping students craft a story or acting as a surrogate parent, advisor or friend matters."

Thompson is no stranger to NABJ. She has won two NABJ Salute to Excellence awards and started the student chapter at George Washington University in 2014. She currently serves as the chapter's advisor.

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Yvette Miley Chosen as NABJ's 2017 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

 
Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Yvette Miley as the recipient of its 2017 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
The Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon a journalist with at least 15 years of experience in the journalism industry with a track record of making extraordinary contributions to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture.

 "It is an incredible honor to have my work recognized. Although I didn't have the privilege of personally knowing Chuck Stone, I owe my career to him and others like him," said Miley.
 
"My time at NBC News and MSNBC has afforded me the opportunity to work alongside the best in the industry. Chuck's courage and commitment to journalism, and to NABJ, opened doors for all of us. Because he did, I could!"
 
Miley, who has worked for NBC Universal for 25 years, is known for her dynamic leadership and is well-respected across the industry. She joined NBC 6/WTVJ in October 1991 as a producer and held various positions in the newsroom prior to working her way up to assistant news director. In 2001, she was named vice president and news director of the NBC station in Birmingham, Alabama.

Under Miley's leadership, the station's newscast jumped from third to first in the late news category. She then joined MSNBC in 2009 as executive editor of MSNBC dayside and was quickly promoted to vice president and later senior vice president. In 2015, in addition to her editorial duties, she was named head of Diversity and Inclusion for both MSNBC and NBC News. 
 
 
"Yvette's stellar career is worthy of accolades," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Since she began working in television news more than 30 years ago as an assignment editor in Florida, Yvette's dynamic leadership skills and journalistic excellence have been evident as she rose through the ranks of NBC."
 
Colleagues say Miley is a champion of diversity and has such a strong commitment to people of color, LGBT and social justice issues that they are "woven into the fabric of all she touches." Additionally, her support of NBCBLK, a digital portal that focuses on African Americans, and NBC OUT, which targets the LGBT community, was crucial to their existence. 
 
Miley is described as a passionate mentor who stresses that "performance, professional image and exposure to key executives are key factors to success."

 

Throughout her career, Miley has been credited with identifying and launching the careers of dozens of journalists both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, many of whom work at both the network and local level.


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April Ryan Named 2017 NABJ Journalist of the Year


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017) –  April Ryan has been selected as the 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has a distinguished body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people of the African Diaspora.
A 30-year journalism veteran, Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January 1997. Her position as a White House correspondent for AURN has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues and political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents. 
 
“April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker. She’s dogged and unapologetic about her pursuit of the story,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “In the White House press corps circle, where too few black women have been given an opportunity to report, April has excelled and persevered in spite of the many obstacles she has confronted. Her work has risen to the top.”
Trailblazer adequately describes Ryan, who received the 2016 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Trailblazer Award from the National Council of Negro Women, an honor she was ecstatic about receiving. She has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondent’s Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the association’s more than 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also a member of the National Press Club.
 
On behalf of American Urban Radio Networks’ 300 affiliates, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, Ryan delivers her readership and listeners a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.”

A Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, Ryan gives back by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists, and helps develop up-and-coming broadcasters.

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