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NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism to honor
Sheila Solomon with the 2014 Ida B. Wells Award
WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2013) – The
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce Sheila
Solomon will receive the 2014 Ida B. Wells Award. Every year, NABJ and the
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University jointly award this prestigious
honor to a media executive or manager who has made outstanding efforts to make
newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of their
"I first met Sheila when I became CBS’ Diversity Director in 2005,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. "She was very helpful in helping me figure out what I needed to do to help increase diversity at my company.”
dedicated her life to the developing the careers of journalists of color and
bringing diversity to the journalism industry. Currently, she serves as an
adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago. She is best known as the Cross
Media Editor and Senior Editor for Recruitment at The Chicago Tribune. As a manager, one of her most noted contributions was educating and recruiting many journalists of color through Tribune's Minority Editorial Training Program (METPRO). She served as a Tribune Company liaison with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, coordinating scholarships, internships, and
cross-training opportunities for both faculty and students. Previously, Solomon was one of the first journalists of color at The Newport News Daily Press and served as staff development editor.
For her own
career and dedication to promoting journalists of color, Solomon was also inducted
into the Hampton University Journalism and Communications School Hall of Fame
in the fall of 2012.
Solomon exemplifies the spirit of the Ida B. Wells Award, and her career is a
testament to the power of true commitment to diversity in journalism,"
said NABJ Vice President-Print Errin Haines Whack. Read More...
The First 100 Days
The first 14 weeks of your board of directors’ 2013-2015 term has been very busy. We provided members with valuable training at the September Media Institute for Media Professionals and during the Region I Conference, both in New York and the Healthy NABJ Media Institute on Health Reporting in San Francisco.
We renewed existing partnerships and established new ones, resulting in our receiving $185,000 in grants and more than $200,000 in funding commitments for 2014. And NABJ is on track to end 2013 well in the black.
FALL BOARD MEETING
The Fall Board meeting was held October 18-20 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the site of our 2014 summer convention. We hope you have marked your calendars! The meeting featured training by Professor James Honan of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During the first session, Professor Honan and founder Maureen Bunyan helped the board crystallize its goals for the next two years and explained the responsibilities of non-profit board members.
In the second session, founders Bunyan and Allison Davis walked the board through one of its most important areas of responsibility: the development – or fundraising – process. Key in this discussion was how to be successful fundraisers without violating journalism ethics.
The training concluded with one of our sponsors, Xavier Dominicis, Vice President of Public Affairs at Rent-A-Center, explained how to establish relationships with organizations and companies that could lead to mutually beneficial partnerships. Read More...
Preeminent Journalists to Be Recognized at Annual Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC (November 2, 2013) —The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The eight will be honored at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction and Reception, Thursday, January 16, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Each year NABJ honors renowned African-American journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. Since 1990, NABJ has inducted 55 distinguished journalists into the Association’s Hall of Fame.
"The Board received a stellar group of recommendations. We are privileged to bestow honors on such an elite group of journalists,” said NABJ President Bob Butler.
The NABJ Hall of Fame inductees are named by the Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Hall of Fame Committee, which is chaired by NABJ Founder Maureen Bunyan, Evening News Anchor, WJLA-TV.
Founder Bunyan is a 2014 inductee.
"The board had previously wanted to induct founder Bunyan into the Hall of Fame but she declined because she felt her being the chair was a conflict of interest," Butler said.
"But the board the felt the honor was long overdue and unanimously voted for her induction."
The 2014 inductees represent an all-star and diverse assembly of journalism professionals. Read More...
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