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NABJ Announces Finalists for 2017 Student Chapter of the Year

Tuesday, June 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brittani Butler
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Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the finalists for the NABJ Student Chapter of the Year Award. The nominees are the Carolina Association of Black Journalists, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Association of Black Journalists and Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists. 

The NABJ Student Chapter of the Year Award is given to an NABJ student chapter for accomplishments during the eligibility period. Criteria include, but is not limited to, the number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's campus and community activities and programs. 

"They're all strong candidates," said NABJ Student Representative Wilton Jackson. "I know people who work in those chapters and they really work hard to get their students involved in campus and off-campus media. All three are deserving of this."

 

Carolina Association of Black Journalists
The Carolina Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) noted its 25th anniversary in 2016. As part of the celebration, CABJ launched the #25for25 campaign with 25 events showcasing chapter excellence. The chapter's Sports as Entertainment Conference last April served as the signature event for the campaign and brought together students and sports professionals to discuss the intersection of sports and entertainment. Other major happenings in 2016 included the chapter's Women in Communications panel and a roundtable discussion on diversity in the communication's industry with Bloomberg News leadership. CABJ is based at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Founded in 1991, the chapter's slogan supports its mission precisely: Without diversity, there is no excellence.

 

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Association of Black Journalists
In 2016, the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Association of Black Journalists (CUNY ABJ) members hosted six special events in between monthly chapter meetings. The events included the NBCUniversal Recruiter Roundtable, The New York Times Career Development Information Session and the #BlackNarrativesMatter post election panel. In February 2016, the chapter hosted an early career recruitment workshop with NBCUniversal Campus Recruiter, Jillian Leviton. In addition to its service to the college community, some CUNY ABJ members volunteered and assisted students at the New York Association of Black Journalists' High School Journalism Workshop last fall. The chapter was established in 2008 to create a strong union among black students pursuing graduate degrees in journalism and to exchange ideas and information concerning the portrayal of minorities in the media.

Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists

The Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists' (MSUABJ) was the host of the 2016 NABJ Region 1 Conference in Baltimore. The support in the planning and implementation of the two-day conference titled "One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism" highlighted the death of the young black man at the hands of Baltimore police. The chapter's home, the School of Global Journalism and Communication (MSU-SGJC), was the location for the conference, which was open to the community and included a town hall discussion with the city's police chief. For its efforts, the chapter won a $500 financial prize given by the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company to specifically support academic and organizational excellence. Other highlights in 2016 included particpating in the Student Organizations Summit at Morgan and having notable journalists such as Nicki Mayo from The Associated Press, and Justin Tinsley from ESPN's The Undefeated, speak at chapter meetings. The chapter was co-founded in 2008 by former assistant professor Allissa V. Hosten and Denise Brown, former director of student media, and recognizes the efforts of MSU-SGJC's founding dean and NABJ Founder DeWayne Wickham.

This year's Student Chapter of the Year will be announced at the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 9 during NABJ's Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans. Register for the #NABJ17 Convention here

 

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About the National Association of Black Journalists: 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. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.

 


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