NABJ Honors VCU’s Bonnie Newman Davis as Journalism Educator of the Year
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2011) – Bonnie Newman Davis, an associate
professor of journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of
Mass Communications was
selected as Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of
Black Journalists at its spring Board of Directors meeting. Davis will join
other top honorees in Philadelphia during NABJ's 36th Annual Convention and
Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country.
For several years, Davis served as
academic director of the University’s Urban Journalism Workshop, an intense
two-week journalism program for high school students that is co-sponsored by
the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Inc. She chairs the Virginius Dabney Committee
for Visiting Professors in the School of Mass Communications, and the College
of Humanities & Sciences Library Committee. She is the immediate past
Secretary for the College of Humanities & Sciences Faculty Council, and is
faculty adviser for the VCU student chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists. Davis also serves as an informal adviser to VCU’s student chapter
of NABJ, and is a co-founder of the former Richmond Association of Black Journalists,
which won NABJ’s Chapter of the Year in 1998. From 1999-2003, Davis served on
NABJ’s national board as the mid-Atlantic regional director.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be recognized with this
award by my NABJ family! Although I only have been in academia (full-time)
for six or seven years, I believe that my work as an educator began the day I
became a journalist some 30 years ago,” said Davis.
"I pay homage to the many educators and journalists who have served as
my coaches, confidantes and mentors, particularly Mrs. Loreno Marrow, my first
journalism professor at N.C. A&T State University, and to my late husband,
William H. Davis, a lifelong educator who instilled in me the confidence
to step into a college classroom in 1994. I also thank the hundreds of students
whom I have had the privilege of mentoring and teaching at several colleges and
universities in Virginia."
In addition to her longtime affiliation with NABJ, Davis is also a
member of the Diversity Committee for the national Society of Professional
Journalists, and serves on the board of SPJ’s Virginia Pro Chapter. She also
holds memberships in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass
Communication and the Online News Association.
"Bonnie Newman Davis has challenged
her students to stay true to the principles of journalism while asking them to
go beyond their comfort zone with new technology. Her classrooms are like
newsrooms, there are no shortcuts,” said NABJ’s Region II Director, Charles
NABJ's 36th Annual Convention and
Career Fair will take place Aug. 3-7, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention
Center in Philadelphia, PA. For additional information, please visit here.