NABJ Announces Finalists for Chapter of the Year
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
NABJ Announces Finalists for Chapter of the Year—Bay Area,
Dallas- Forth Worth, and Detroit Compete for the Top Honor
WASHINGTON, DC, July
26, 2011 --Today, the National Association
of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced its finalists for Chapter of the Year – The
Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA), Dallas- Fort Worth Association
of Black Journalists (DFW-ABJ), and Detroit Chapter of the National
Association of Black Journalists (DC-
NABJ). The winner will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of NABJ's 36th
Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia, the largest gathering of
minority journalists in the country.
"We congratulate BABJA, DFW-ABJ, and DC-NABJ and we
praise these chapters for being excellent models,” said NABJ President Kathy Y.
Times. "Our professional chapters are the backbone of NABJ, without strong
chapters, we cannot have as strong national organization. Kudos to these three
local chapters for all that they do.”
BABJA exemplifies the very best qualities of NABJ. The
Chapter hosts training workshops for professional and student journalists
including a Healthy NABJ Media Institute and has paid all or part of expenses
to send students and unemployed members to the annual NABJ Convention. In
addition BABJA annually honors Bay Area black journalists and has awarded more
than $30,000 in scholarships over the past 7 years. Michelle Fitzhugh–Craig is
president of the chapter.
DFW-ABJ, is nearing the 30th
anniversary of the founding of the chapter. The chapter has had a strong year
after coming back from decertification and has quite an impressive history. The
chapter that had hosted two national conventions, gained a reputation for being
strong media monitors, conducted a successful urban journalism workshop that
provided opportunities for aspiring journalists to learn more about NABJ, and
consistently awarded $30,000-$45,000 annually in scholarships to aspiring
journalists. Today the DFW-ABJ has almost 50 paid members with regular
activities and members have worked tirelessly to fulfill their mission. Cheryl
Smith is president of the Chapter.
DC-NABJ has for 29 years been one of NABJ’s most consistent
professional chapters. In 2010 the chapter doubled its membership to 60
journalists and associates, The chapter hosted more than 11 events in 2010,
including a photo auction that raised money for scholarships, an innovative,
citywide community-based video project, a Congressional election debate and a
fundraiser for unemployed journalists. Vickie Thomas is president of the
NABJ bases its Chapter of the Year award on accomplishments
during the eligibility period. The criteria include but are not limited to the
number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter's
community activities and programs.
NABJ's 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take
place August 3rd- 7th in Philadelphia, PA. For additional
information, ticket sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.