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NABJ Announces Finalists for 2014 Student Chapter of the Year

Friday, June 06, 2014   (0 Comments)
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2014 Finalists:

York College of the City University of New York -  Association of Black Journalists, the University of Florida chapter of NABJ (UF-NABJ), and The University of Missouri chapter of NABJ (NABJ-MU)

(WASHINGTON, DC)  June 6, 2014 -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce its three finalists for the 2014 student Chapter of the Year Award. This year’s finalists are the York College of the City University of New York - Association of Black Journalists, the University of Florida chapter of NABJ (UF-NABJ), and The University of Missouri chapter of NABJ (NABJ-MU). The award is given based on criteria, which includes but is not limited to the number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's campus and community activities and programs.

"NABJ is particularly proud of its student chapters for showing a steadfast devotion to NABJ and to the media profession,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. "The skills that students obtain from leading campus chapters of the organization will surely help them professionally. It’s also a tremendous service that they perform not just for their members, but for their entire campus communities. Our student members are always viewed as leaders on their respective campuses.”

York College of the City University of New York -  Association of Black Journalists kicked off 2013 with a mobile journalism workshop with web developer TC McCarthy a former journalist who showed students how to shoot, edit, and report stories using their iPhones and iPads. The chapter honored sports journalists including NABJ member Adena Andrews during an event entitled “Women in Sports Journalism: Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” Members also hosted during its Emerging Journalist’s Brunch NABJ 2013 Emerging Journalist of the Year Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today. The chapter adviser notes, “The biggest challenge for the chapter is that they did not receive financial support from the college. Members purchased refreshments and supplies for events. This also prevented the chapter from hosting some journalists even those who are based in New York City because many asked for honorariums.”

The University of Florida chapter of NABJ (UF-NABJ) remained heavily engaged on the UF campus but also extended its reach beyond campus. UFNABJ members regularly volunteered with a mentoring program at a nearby high school. The chapter hosted the latest edition of it’s popular UFNABJ Expansion Week an annual on-campus conference which with the help of technology allows them to engage black journalists nationwide such as former NABJ President Herb Lowe who spoke with students about how to examine their brand, and students also learned from a talk with E! News Correspondent Alicia Quarles. The chapter changed its Zion Magazine, from an annual print publication to a bi-monthly online publication. This allows for the publication to be more timely, but also allows a greater ability for members to gain digital skills.

The University of Missouri chapter of NABJ (NABJ-MU) was also busy. The chapter held biweekly meetings to discuss everything from internship opportunities to social media branding and personal finance. The chapter organized a mentoring program, which paired upperclassmen mentors with underclassmen mentees. In the spring students visited Philadelphia where they visited NABJ members at WCAU/NBC 10 and at Radio One. The chapter partnered with the school’s chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Online News Association, and Radio Television Digital News Association to host their 2nd annual Unity Conference where CNN Correspondent Nischelle Turner a Mizzou alumna and NABJ member was the keynote speaker.

This year’s winner will be named during NABJ's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair which takes place July 30th –August 3rd in Boston, Massachusetts. For additional information, ticket sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.

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