Howard University Student and Seattle Native Phillip Lucas to Receive Student Journalist of the Year
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
Washington, DC, May 13, 2010 - The National
Association of Black Journalists announced that Phillip Lucas will be
honored with the Student Journalist of the Year Award. Lucas will join
other top honorees at the Salute to Excellence Gala, July 31 in San
Diego, during NABJ's 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest
gathering of minority journalists in the country.
"I am honored and grateful to
be recognized for my hard work. It is an honor and a privilege to
receive the award," said Lucas.
The Student Journalist of the Year is awarded to a black full-time
collegiate journalist who has excelled within the field of journalism
through a story, body of work, series or photograph(s) published or
aired during the period of eligibility. The student can be in print,
broadcast, radio, photography, magazine or new media and must display a
strong commitment to NABJ and academics.
"Phillip is one to watch and worthy of NABJ's support and
recognition. When I think of Phillip, I think of excellence. I'm
confident that NABJ would be proud to count him among its ranks - just
as we are at Howard University," said Yanick Rice Lamb, Howard
University Journalism Professor.
NABJ's most coveted awards honor the groundbreaking accomplishments
of black journalists and those who support blacks in the media.
"NABJ is pleased to recognize Phillip Lucas, one of our best and brightest students," said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times.
Lucas, 21, is a senior print journalism major and recent graduate of
Howard University. A former participant in The New York Times Student
Journalism Institute, he is working toward becoming an accomplished
journalist. After working on his campus newspaper, he earned an
internship with the Washington bureau of The Buffalo News. Lucas will
participate in the Freedom Forum’s Chips Quinn Scholars Program this
summer and work as an intern at the Washington Post.
Lucas had no plans to go to college - that is, until he accidentally
became a journalist in high school. "Journalism was just an elective
class I took in high school. I ended up really liking it," said Lucas.
Lucas aspires to become a correspondent.
"Lucas is a prime example of the outstanding black journalists
produced by our HBCU's," said NABJ Student Representative Georgia
Dawkins. "I look forward to watching his career grow."
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that best
covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide
black community during 2009.
NABJ's 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place July
28- August 1 in San Diego, Calif. For additional information, ticket
sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.