WASHINGTON (May 23, 2016)
- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Gail Wiggins of North Carolina A&T State University as the association's 2016 Educator of the Year.
This award serves to recognize the service, commitment and academic guidance of an outstanding journalism educator who teaches or advises students in the field of journalism at a high school or accredited four-year college or university and has also shown a commitment to diversifying the nation's newsrooms through their academic work.
"Given the tremendous challenges faced by journalists on a daily basis, one must be expertly prepared to enter our chosen profession," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "Professor Gail Wiggins has certainly done her part to ensure that students enter the work world grounded in reality and aware of the importance of hard work and operating with integrity. We thank Professor Wiggins for the hands-on instruction and wise counsel she has provided to scores of students over the years."
Wiggins has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. She has served as an instructor teaching journalism and mass communication and also as an academic advisor helping guide journalism and mass communication majors through their studies.
"Professor Gail Wiggins has worked tirelessly, diligently and with great passion to ensure students get the best academic learning experience, have challenging journalism internships, succeed in developing their craft and take advantage of every learning opportunity, both inside and outside of the classroom," said Professor Nagatha Tonkins, NABJ's 2008 Journalism Educator of the Year and an Assistant Professor at Elon University.
In addition to her university responsibilities, Professor Wiggins has coordinated A&T's annual NABJ Multimedia Short Course for the last 20 years. During the Short Course, students from across the country produce newscasts, webcasts, podcasts, video slideshows and social media.
Professor Wiggins will be honored this summer during the NABJ/NAHJ Career Fair in Washington, D.C.
NABJ salutes Professor Wiggins for her distinguished record of commitment to educating and mentoring aspiring journalists.