NABJ Mourns the Loss of Former Journalism Educator of the Year Dr. James Hawkins
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 28, 2013)--The National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of Dr. James Hawkins,
the former Dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
(FAMU) School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC). He passed away on Monday in Macon, GA after a heart attack. He was 64.
was a professor and administrator at FAMU for more than 30 years,
mentoring scores of journalists among them a former president of the
National Association of Black Journalists, Kathy Times, a former
national student representative, Georgia Dawkins, and a former national
convention chair, Elise Durham.
Hawkins leaves behind a legacy of good works through service. He
worked to ensure that FAMU students received a first-rate education,
gained exposure to journalism and media through internships and other
training, and then developed nurturing relationships with colleagues,
mentors, and peers as members of the National Association of Black
Journalists," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr.
graduated from Oakwood College and Ohio State University. He began
teaching at FAMU in 1977 as an assistant professor in broadcast
journalism. While teaching, he continued reporting for The Associated
Press and the Oakland Tribune over the summers. In 1982, Hawkins was
named director of the journalism division which became the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts. The school was later changed to the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication in 2004, with the idea of convergence and the process of putting the entire
school into one building.
Hawkins was a loyal member and a staunch supporter of NABJ building a
solid pipeline providing scholarships which allowed dozens of students
annually the opportunity to travel to NABJ's annual convention and
campus, he led the SJGC's move into a 100,000-square-foot building which
allowed the school to provide numerous programs and services to the
upwards of 500 students enrolled in the university's j-school. The
school also gave rise to to the award-winning student chapter of NABJ,
1991, NABJ started its annual broadcast short course program at FAMU
under Hawkins’ watch. What is now known as the FAMU Multimedia Short
Course expands FAMU's reach and influence beyond FAMU students to dozens
more students who will enter the media profession well-aware of the
importance of media convergence.
like NABJ would be nothing without faithful members like Dr. James
Hawkins whose love of the organization compel them to do good by others,
not for personal gain, but because of the difference it makes," Lee
said. "NABJ will surely miss Dr. Hawkins and his sheer generosity of
NABJ extends condolences to Dr. Hawkins' family, friends, colleagues, and his extended FAMU family.
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.