Michael Feeney to Receive the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award by Black Journali
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 28, 2010 – Michael J Feeney of the New York Daily News is this year's Emerging Journalist, selected by the National Association of Black
Journalists announced at its spring Board of Directors meeting. Feeney
will join other top honorees at the association’s 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
"I'm honored and thrilled to receive such a prestigious award,” said
Feeney. "I've been to these (NABJ) conferences since 2002, and I know
what these awards mean. This means a great deal to me."
Feeney joined The New York Daily News in 2009. His work on night
shift spans from crime to celebrity news. Prior to working with The New
York Daily News, Feeney was a breaking news reporter for The Record (of
Bergen County, N.J.). During his two-and-a-half years at the paper he
covered municipal government and police. He also crossed over into the
new- age of journalism and worked as a Web and multimedia journalist
for NorthJersey.com. Feeney started his career at the Associated Press
in Baltimore and Detroit. He attended the Knight Multimedia Journalism
workshop at the University of California, Berkeley.
"Michael represents where journalism is and where it’s going. He has
covered multiple beats in print and lives in a multimedia world. His
fresh energy and eagerness to learn are the perfect ingredients for an
emerging journalist,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times.
Feeney is a graduate of Delaware State University. He also runs his
own pop culture blog. Feeney credits the help of NABJ with much of the
success in his career and the valuable mentors and friendships he has
gained over the years.
"I remember Michael as a young student from Delaware State and a
NABJ newbie, he was hungry and wanted to succeed,” said NABJ Treasurer
Gregory Lee Jr. "He is the success story that we hope for in each of
our students. He has obviously carried with him everything that he
learned early on from his NABJ family and capitalized on it.”
The NABJ Board of Directors isn’t the only group recognizing Feeney
for his work. His peers describe him as "a tremendously hard worker who
is an aggressive journalist.”
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that best
covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the
worldwide black community during 2009. Feeney will be joined by 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 rwilliams@nabj. 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.