NABJ announces new collegiate journalism awards program
Friday, August 29, 2014
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 29) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today a new collegiate journalism awards program, the NABJ Salute to Excellence in Collegiate Journalism. It recognizes exemplary coverage of people or issues in the black community that is produced by full-time undergraduate and graduate journalism students.
Awards in this annual program will be presented in newspaper, online, radio, television and photography. Each category, except photography, will recognize the best of general news reporting, feature reporting and sports reporting. The online category will also include the best use of multimedia, while the best of a single image and multiple images/photo essay will be recognized in the photography category.
The proposal was unanimously approved by NABJ's Board of Directors during a meeting at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Boston recently.
"The idea was brought to the board by Student Representative Khorri Atkinson as part of his ongoing effort to create new opportunities that will engage and retain student members," said NABJ President Bob Butler.
"Khorri also wants to create a better membership experience for students that would attract new members."
"This is the only collegiate journalism award competition of its kind, and I can't thank my fellow board members enough for being receptive to my call to honor students' work, and have them compete against their fellow colleagues across the country. This move underscores that NABJ remains true to its mission, to train the next generation of black journalists."
Award entries will be judged by a team of experienced professionals. They will select the top three finalists and winners for each category independently based on content, creativity, execution and relevance to the black community. Only work originally published or broadcast by a student-run news outlet/media organization during the judging period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 is eligible for consideration. Students who have paid professional experience (outside of internships) are not eligible.
Winners will be honored at a student awards reception during NABJ's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis, August 5-9, 2015. NABJ will call for submissions in mid-November. The contest fee is $20 for student members and $40 for non-student members per entry.
An 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.