Finalists Announced for NABJ 2015 Student Chapter of the Year
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) -- The National Association of Black Journalists announced its finalists for Student Chapter of the Year -- Northwestern University, University of North Texas, and Carolina Association of Black Journalists. The winner will be announced in Minneapolis at the 2015 NABJ Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists.
"All three chapters have made extraordinary contributions to NABJ," said NABJ Student representative Khorri Atkinson. "I applaud the hard work of their members and leaders, and I'm grateful for all they do to keep our student chapters strong. We need strong student chapters like these to nurture the future of this great organization."
Carolina Association of Black Journalists (CABJ)
Each member of the Carolina Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) has worked extremely hard to uplift the mission of CABJ: to prepare minority students for a career in various fields of journalism with the ultimate goal to diversify the journalism industry. CABJ currently has a member that serves on the J-school ambassador team. The team is designed to help future, current and former students navigate and succeed through the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to their team success several of their members have served on the public relations research teams for new professors in the journalism school. Their research was factored into the new hiring process for incoming professor candidates.
CABJ chapter prides itself on producing alums who give back to the community. Averi Harper, a former member, was the NABJ Student Journalist of the Year. Advancing their careers as well as others has been an overarching goal for this organization. This semester CABJ began implementing a new outreach program where CABJ members visited local high schools to mentor aspiring journalists as well as to inform students about the journalism opportunities and college.
Northwestern University Chapter of NABJ
Since September of 2014, the NABJ Chapter of Northwestern University has held numerous bi-weekly general meetings to keep their constituency updated on local and international topics. They aim to build strong ties with the surrounding community and minority media and journalism students at Northwestern University.
In compliance with their mission this organization has conducted workshops exploring the different aspects of becoming a professional journalist. The workshops included brand building sessions and interview practice. Many of these workshops are presented by members of NABJ-NU executive board, while others are presented by guest speakers/professionals, such as Susan Mango Curtis former Co-chair for the NABJ Visual Task Force and Charles Whitaker, former Senior Editor of EBONY Magazine.
NABJ-NU has also created programming to educate students outside of the classroom, as well as provide a safe space for conversation.
In addition, this organization hosted the annual State of the Black Union in conjunction with Northwestern University's Black Student Union. They interviewed Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin and provided a platform for her to speak to students about her experiences following her son's death that sparked nationwide protest.
University of North Texas NABJ
The University of North Texas (UNT) NABJ chapter is actively engaged in their surrounding community. The organization holds seminars open to the campus and to the public. The Chapter also olds campus clean up events and other environmental initiatives. UNT NABJ actively seeks out opportunities to embrace the Denton community, reaching out to local journalism students and helping to raise awareness about critical issues affecting the African-American community.