NABJ Announces Three Chapters as Finalists for NABJ Student Chapter of the Year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2013)—The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is
proud to announce the undergraduate chapters which have been selected as
finalists for 2013’s Student Chapter of the Year Award:
- Carolina Association
of Black Journalists (CABJ), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
National Association of Black Journalists Syracuse University Chapter
- Temple Association of Black Journalists (TABJ), Temple University
The winner will be announced at NABJ's 38th
Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, FL. Each student chapter has excelled in
serving NABJ, their collegiate communities and their members, with unique activities
and programs. Their accomplishments demonstrate strong leadership, which help
set an example for other student chapters. NABJ bases its Student Chapter of
the Year Award on accomplishments and activities during the eligibility period.
Carolina Association of Black
Journalists Chapter (UNC-Chapel Hill)
The Carolina Association of Black
Journalists (CABJ) was a finalist for this award in 2011, and CABJ President
Jasmine Cogdell said winning the top honor would have been awesome, and the experience
motivated the chapter to build upon its 20-plus-year history by developing
minority students into emerging journalists.
"We had our annual high school
journalism workshop and about 12 – 15 high school students participated. They
learned graphic design, news writing, public relations, and broadcast,” Cogdell
Additionally, CABJ capitalized on
digital communication and extended its reach to other universities for its
college media workshop.
"We not only reached out to
different colleges such as North Carolina Central University and
UNC-Greensboro, but we brought in students who may be affiliated with a NABJ
collegiate chapter and others who are not. We tried to persuade those students
who do not have a student chapter to start building for a NABJ collegiate
chapter,” she explained.
Since being founded in 1991, CABJ
has been nominated five times for student chapter of the year and earned the
top honor twice.
Visit CABJ Chapter Website Here
The National Association of Black
Journalists, Syracuse University Chapter
The NABJ Syracuse University Chapter
(NABJ-SU) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. The celebration
included chapter began the year with a
celebration with some of its chapter’s founders, and the chapter dedicated this
milestone year to creative and collaborative programs.
"I’m so happy. We’ve worked really
hard for this honor. Being at a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) can make
it hard to do things, but we did a lot. I’m really excited and this is
awesome,” said President Christina Jones, a broadcast journalism senior from
The NABJ-SU chapter boasts 60 local
members, of which 12 are also NABJ members. Jones said a big catch for
them was securing Roland Martin—NABJ’s 2013 Journalist of the Year Honoree—as a
"We had over 200 students, faculty
and ambassadors come out for that event,” Jones recalled. "He spoke about
issues on immigration, gun control and literally everything that’s going on in
politics and around the world today.” The chapter event was also shared via a live
feed on Facebook so other students and chapters could watch.
"Gabrielle Union also came in
collaboration with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and she spoke on how women
are perceived in the media. That was another good guest lecturer,” Jones said.
Visit NABJ-SU Chapter Website Here
Temple Association of Black
Journalists (Temple University)
Learn. Network. Succeed. Those three
words can be viewed not only as Temple Association of Black Journalists’ brand
but also its motto.
"Usually most all of our events we
try to incorporate our mission Learn.Network.Succeed,” explained TABJ’s president
Haniyyah Sharpe, "We aim to provide an opportunity for the students, making sure
we put our members and our students next to the professionals who are already
working in the industry.”
In 2012, TABJ stepped up its
involvements on campus, in the community, and industry.
"We have a relationship with Chosen
300, which is a homeless ministry in Philadelphia, where we volunteer there on
a consistent basis,” Sharpe says. The founder of the ministry is a Temple
"We did several networking events
where we tried to make sure we collaborated with the parent chapter PABJ
(Philadelphia),” she recalled of their 11 or 12 programs hosted for the entire
year. Thus, the chapter from the City of
Brotherly Love is elated to be a finalist.
"It is icing on the cake. It’s
a blessing.” But Sharpe says her greatest joy as TABJ’s leader is student’s
success. "A lot of the students will come back and say they learned something
from one of our programs or they got an internship as a result of networking
with someone from our program.”
Visit TABJ’s Chapter Website Here
NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and
Career Fair will take place July 31 – August 4, 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. For additional information on registration
and special events, please visit NABJ’s Convention Webpage.
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.