USC Annenberg Student Ashley Michelle Williams to Receive Student Journalist of the Year Award
Friday, April 29, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
D.C. April 29, 2011 -The National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced that Ashley Michelle
Williams, a student at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School
for Communication and Journalism, is the recipient of its Student Journalist of
the Year Award. Williams will be honored this summer amongst other honorees at
NABJ's 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of
minority journalists in the country.
22, is a broadcast and digital journalism major, and double minors in
international relations and Spanish. She is a senior at USC and her many
internship experiences include People magazine and NBC's Dateline, Nightly News
and Today Show. She served as President of Annenberg's Black Student
Association, has participated in the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship Program and
frequently contributes to The Huffington Post.
began her journalism career at age 14, when she hosted and produced her own
show for her high school's news station regarding teen issues.
feel truly, truly honored and blessed to be chosen for this prestigious award.
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each committee member and NABJ for
this great honor," said Williams. "This means so much to me,
more than I can express. I hope and plan to continue to bring great prestige to
NABJ and all African-American journalists. I am greatly dedicated to make
positive changes within the world -especially within the minority community--
Williams' mentors are her parents, USC journalism professor Erna Smith, BBC
Mundo's Marcia Facundo, and Dateline producers Jennifer Hoffman and Luz
this to say about Williams.
"Ashley is one of the most committed, conscientious and
multi-faceted students I've ever had the privilege to mentor. NABJ could not
have picked a more worthy student journalists for this prestigious award,” said
she hasn't made any definite decisions regarding her next steps after
graduation, Williams does know she'd like to go into network news. She hopes to
one day have her own talk show broadcast in both English and Spanish.
is truly an exceptional young woman. She is motivated, compassionate and
community-minded, and as demonstrated by her overflowing resume, she is wholly
dedicated to the field of journalism," said JaBari Brown, Assistant
Director of USC Annenberg Undergraduate Advisement and Academic Services.
"I'd rank Ashley in the top 1% of all the college students I have advised."
National Awards recognizes top media organizations and professionals for their
print, broadcast, and online journalism work in 2010. Awards will be bestowed
to top writers, columnists, producers, reporters, photojournalists, and
will be joined by other top honorees including the Miami Herald's Jacqueline
Charles for Journalist of the Year, and NABJ Founder Acel Moore for Lifetime
Achievement, as well as ESPN's Claire Smith for the organization's Legacy
is extremely proud to honor Ashley with this award. She is an incredible,
impressive young lady with a proven passion for journalism. Her resume
speaks for itself. Ashley is destined for great things and every network news
chief should take notice. She is certainly deserving of this honor,"
said Lisa Cox, NABJ's Region VI Director.
36th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug 3-August 7 in
Philadelphia, PA. For additional information, ticket sales, registration,
please visit us at www.nabj.org.