WASHINGTON (October 16, 2015) - NABJ President Sarah Glover selects Clayton Gutzmore as the NABJ student representative for the 2015-2017 board term. Gutzmore, a senior communication arts major at Florida International University, is expected to graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.
"I'm excited that Clayton is joining the NABJ board team," Glover said. "He brings leadership experience and a passion for spreading the NABJ gospel. His commitment to NABJ is noteworthy as he founded his university's NABJ student chapter and serves on his local professional chapter's board."
No candidate was certified during the 2015 NABJ election process. Pursuant to the NABJ Constitution, the NABJ president makes an appointment. Glover opened an application process last month urging interested students to apply. Seventeen applications were received.
"I am ready to roll up my sleeves, check the number twice and do whatever else is necessary to make our organization run better and to create better storytellers in the process," Gutzmore wrote in his application.
Gutzmore had a passion for journalism at an early age. In 2010, he became the section editor of the Broward College newspaper the Observer. He covered major entertainment stories and held multiple positions on the paper until he ultimately became editor-in-chief in 2012. During his tenure, he lead the newspaper to earn two Florida College Press Association awards.
Gutzmore has experience working at numerous news outlets during his collegiate career. He interned with the investigative team at WTVJ NBC 6 and had stories published in the Miami Herald and 91.3 WLRN, the NPR affiliate of South Florida. Gutzmore presently is a freelance writer for the Miami Times and All Digitocracy. He also serves the FIU National Association of Black Journalist and the South Florida Black Journalists Association in their mission to bringing media related opportunities to the community.
"I am flattered and humbled by all the support I have received from everyone, “said Gutzmore. "I promise I won't let you down."
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.