Black Journalism Group to Honor Florida A&M University Journalism Dean James Hawkins as Educator of
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 11, 2010 – During its 35th
Annual Convention and Career Fair in San Diego this summer, the
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will bestow upon
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) James Hawkins,
Ph.D., the 2010 Educator of the Year Award. NABJ will recognize
Hawkins, the Dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic
Communication, for his commitment to journalism education and his
dedication to students at one of the leading HBCU journalism campus in
Dr. Hawkins arrived at FAMU in 1977, just three years after the
journalism program began, as an assistant professor in broadcast
journalism. He continued his professional development during the summer
as a working journalist with the Associated Press and the Oakland
Tribune. The dedication to the classroom and to his craft paved the
road for advancement for Hawkins. In 1982, the program evolved into the
School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, and Hawkins was named
director of the Division of Journalism.
In 2003, Hawkins became Interim Dean, after the sudden resignation
of founding dean Robert Ruggles. Less than a year later, the FAMU Board
of Trustees made it official and named Hawkins dean in 2004.
Mostly recently, Dean Hawkins has chartered the School through many
successes.Some of the joys include seeing its student chapter,
FAMU-ABJ, clinch the 2008 NABJ Student Chapter of the Year, as well as
sharing the joy of FAMU Alumnus Kathy Y. Times winning the election as
being elected NABJ President in 2009 and FAMU journalism student
Georgia Dawkins’ successful bid for NABJ Student Representative.
"As a former student of Dr. Hawkins, I can attest to his remarkable
and unwavering commitment to making sure journalism students succeed
and excel in a competitive profession,” said NABJ President Kathy Y.
Times. "He has made it a priority to send FAMU students to NABJ
conventions and conferences for more than 20 years. I’m proud to call
him a mentor and a dear friend to NABJ.”
The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at FAMU offers
four journalism sequences: newspaper, magazine production, broadcast
(radio and television) and public relations. FAMU has the first
journalism program at a historically black university to be nationally
accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and
"Dean Hawkins has invested so much of his time and resources into
NABJ and into introducing the organization to a new generation,” said
NABJ Student Representative Georgia Dawkins. "I am a proud product of
his generosity and love for NABJ!”
Hawkins will be honored during the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala,
which recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or
addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community during 2009.
Hawkins will be joined by other top honorees, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien for
Journalist of the Year, NBC News for the Best Practices Award and
Washington Post Columnist Michelle Singletary for the Community Service
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, or contact Ryan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 405-0248.
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.