NBC News and NBC O&O Local TV Stations to Receive Best Practices Honor, NBCU Executive Paula Madison
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2010 -- The National Association of
Black Journalists (NABJ) announced at its spring Board of Directors
meeting that NBC News and its local TV stations will receive the
organization's annual Best Practices Award, and NBC Universal Executive
Vice President Paula Madison will receive its Legacy Award.The honors
will be recognized at the association's 35th Annual Convention and
Career Fair in San Diego, the largest gathering of minority journalists
in the country.
"NBC Newsand its owned and operated stationsnationwide have done
tremendous work promoting diversity in its management positions as well
as in its coverage. NABJ has championed such issues in news for 35
years.," said NABJ President Kathy Times.
"Best Practices" is the association's highest honor to a news
organization -- annually awarded for its exemplary work in covering
issues of significance to the black community or for its efforts in
increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management.
"According to NABJ's annual survey of broadcast news management, NBC
Universal contains the most African-American Vice Presidents, General
Managers, News Directors, Senior and Executive Producers in its Network
News Division and in its owned-and-operated stations than any
broadcast or cable network in the country," said NABJ Vice
President-Broadcast Bob Butler.
"NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker's commitment is
apparent in NBC's Network News and local news operations and is a model
many media companies should explore," said Times.
Madison, Executive Vice President of Diversity for NBC Universal
& Company Officer with General Electric, will receive NABJ's Legacy
Award -- awarded to a pioneering black print, broadcast or
photojournalist of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers
and blazed trails. At NBC Universal, Madison, a 34-year NABJ member
and former board secretary, has worked with the company's business
executives who have developed programs that mirror the diversity of
their customers, clients and audiences.
Madison began her career as a journalist in print media and then
became a television news manager. She worked her way up the corporate
ladder to become a news director and eventually the president and
general manager of the NBC station in Los Angeles, the second largest
broadcast market in the country.Madison was the first African-American
woman to become a general manager of a top five network-owned
She was also the first person to hold the position of executive vice
president of diversity at NBC Universal and is a member of its board
Throughout her career Madison has promoted the fair inclusion and
representation of minorities in the media.She has built a reputation as
a strong leader who is committed to quality journalism and community
"News organizations are encouraged to reflect the communities they
serve. The management teams at NBC Universal's stations are the closest
at meeting that standard among the major television groups," said NABJ
Vice President of Broadcast Bob Butler. "NBC Universal has made a
commitment to diversity that is reflected in all of its business
This year Madison and NBC executives will join other top honorees,
CNN's Soledad O'Brien for Journalist of the Year, and NABJ Founder Paul
Delaney for Lifetime Achievement.
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.