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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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NABJ Launches Black Male Media Project to #InspireBlackMen

NABJ Calls on Chapters to Host Workshops Nationwide on June 10



WASHINGTON, D.C.
 (April 7, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is launching a new program to help change the lives and images of black men in the news and in society. The NABJ Black Male Media Project is a nationwide effort to open doors and change the narrative of black men.

The NABJ Black Male Media Project will launch its first program in various cities across the United States on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to. 

“NABJ has created the Black Male Media Project to combat the blotter-to-mugshot images of black male faces, and to create a fresh and real view of black men in America and across the diaspora,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.

All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.

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