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The Guardian's Jamiles Lartey Named NABJ 2016 Emerging Journalist of the Year

Thursday, May 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016) -The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Jamiles Lartey, a reporter for The Guardian, as the Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist for 2016.

This award recognizes a black print, broadcast, digital or photojournalist with fewer than five years of experience in the industry. Nominees must, through their work and service, display a commitment to NABJ's goal of outstanding achievement and providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large.

"Jamiles is an impressive young journalist who has developed a passion for and an interest in reporting on stories that have significance to underrepresented people," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "He ably reports on the implications of policy decisions while also helping highlight the nuances which color the experiences, perspectives, and perceptions of diverse groups."

Lartey joined The Guardian in 2015 as a writer and researcher. One of his major projects was the 2015 investigative report on police killings in the US, "The Counted." Lartey also has provided reported pieces and commentary on issues related to social justice. Prior to joining The Guardian, he interned at MSNBC for The Melissa Harris-Perry Show. 

"Since his arrival at Guardian US, Lartey has quickly established himself as a voice of wisdom and wit in the newsroom," notes his editor, Lee Glendinning. "Thoughts on the news of the day that he has tweeted or casually shared in meetings with colleagues have frequently turned into powerful op-ed articles that are featured prominently in our opinion section."

The award was renamed this year for Feeney, NABJ's 2010 Emerging Journalist of the Year, who passed away suddenly in late January. The Board of Directors approved a name change for the award at its spring board meeting in New York City.

Lartey will be honored at the 2016 Salute to Excellence Awards during NABJ's Annual Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C., which recognizes journalism that has best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the global black community in 2015.

NABJ congratulates Lartey on this well-deserved recognition.

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