NABJ Honors Boston University’s Michelle Johnson as Journalism Educator of the Year
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April
16, 2013) –The
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce Michelle Johnson as its 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year.
The NABJ Board of Directors selected Johnson, an associate professor of
practice in mulitmedia journalism at Boston University, to be recognized along
with other top honorees this summer at NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and Career
Fair in Orlando, FL, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the
is an exceptional journalist, a gifted teacher, a natural mentor, and an
innovative thinker. All of which make her a valued resource for students and
faculty alike,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "We are proud to honor her
for her work in the classroom and for her continued work with NABJ Student
"I appreciate being recognized for doing work that means so much to me. I’d
like to thank NABJ, my home organization, for your support over the years, and
in particular my colleagues and the students who rock the student newsroom
every year,” Johnson said. "I’m so proud
and honored to be a part of such a great team.”
earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s
degree in journalism from Columbia University. She began her professional
journalism career as a copy editor with The
Evening Press (Binghamton, NY). After that stint, she joined The Boston Globe starting as a copy
editor on the night desk, then moved up to layout, assistant political editor
to senior assistant night editor and then to copy desk supervisor.
in this position she was one of 12 journalists chosen for the John S. Knight
Fellowship at Stanford University in 1993. This opportunity opened the door to
her fascination with personal computers and marrying it with reporting.
Upon returning to the Globe as
assistant business editor, Johnson jumped at the opportunity to be on the team
to launch boston.com, an
award-winning regional website.
Johnson has a legacy of being an effective team member and team leader. During
her professional growth, Johnson reached back into the classroom to "teach” as
a NABJ Student Project mentor.
"NABJ has been a touchstone for me since I began my first newspaper job about a
million years ago. NABJ was there for me as I transitioned from print to
digital to freelancer to educator. In fact, I credit my work on the Student Projects
with leading me toward a career as a journalism professor,” Johnson said.
And her higher education career remains on the track of embracing technology
and online dissemination.
Along with her NABJ Student Project dedication, she took on the role of
technology manager at the School of Communication at Emerson College, serving
as an adjunct professor at Boston University, and guest faculty at Maynard
Institute Multimedia Editing Program.
After three years as journalist-in-residence at Emerson, Boston University
brought Johnson—and her multimedia and print experience—back to its campus, not
as an adjunct, but as an associate professor.
"Because I didn’t get to where I am alone, I strive to honor my mentors by
giving back by helping to prepare the next generation of journalists of color
to excel and innovate,” Johnson said. "But truthfully, it’s also a lot of fun!
It’s tough to get too jaded working around enthusiastic, energetic young people
Johnson’s commitment extends to journalism organizations such as NABJ,
including as past editor of the NABJ
Journal; member of Boston Association of Black Journalists; founding
national board member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
and co-founder of its New England chapter; and a member of the Online News
38th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place July 31–August 4, 2013
Gaylord Palms Resort &
Convention Center. The theme is: "People, Purpose, Passion: The Power of
NABJ.” For additional information about this year’s convention, please
advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest
organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career
development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.