NABJ Announces Finalists for Professional Chapter of the Year
Friday, April 13, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals compete for top honor
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2012)-- Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces its finalists for Professional Chapter of the Year - The Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), and the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals (HRBMP). The winner will be revealed at NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans.
"We congratulate AABJ and HRBMP for being excellent chapters," said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. "Without strong chapters, we cannot have a strong national organization. They are truly the backbone of NABJ. We appreciate the noteworthy service and leadership of these two chapters and their members."
Atlanta Association of Black Journalists
AABJ had a banner year in 2011. Led by President Tenisha Bell, the chapter recently celebrated its 35th anniversary in grand style. In September, dignitaries and about 200 guests helped to celebrate the chapter's anniversary and to recognize AABJ's contributions to the community. Atlanta's City council presented the chapter with a proclamation from the city commemorating its anniversary. It's the highest honor the city can offer an organization.
Not only did AABJ offer the programming needed for its members, but it awarded $10,000 in college scholarships to three future black journalists. It also discussed the condition of education in the black community and discussed the importance of mentoring. The chapter makes time to publish a quality monthly newsletter called "The Byline." The newsletter highlights what's going on in the chapter and around Atlanta.
"AABJ is thrilled about being a finalist for NABJ chapter of the year. Our board of directors, advisors and committee chairs have worked extremely hard this year to produce quality programs, retain members, and attract new members," said Bell. "In 2011 we also committed ourselves to community involvement, advocacy and raising awareness of the great things our chapter has to offer. As president, I am so honored to be a part of a membership that truly embraces and loves the work of AABJ. Everyone gives 110% consistently. AABJ is family...a family of hard working journalists who support each other. We would be excited to bring home this award."
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Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals
HRBMP members are setting an example for other chapters to follow. Led by President Cheryl Ross, the association's programming and initiatives in 2011 far exceeded that of the chapter's work in previous years.HRBMP held two media-related town halls that attracted large African-American audiences, awarded six scholarships to college students and ventured into area schools to inspire children to pursue media careers. The programming represents a total turnaround for the chapter, which had practically ceased operations until two years ago. The revival has attracted new members and helped HRBMP become a powerful force yet again in Virginia.
"HRBMP members are humbled and honored to be selected as a Chapter of the Year finalist," said Ross. "With diversity so undervalued in newsrooms these days, HRBMP members have worked with a renewed interest and energy to provide college scholarships and serve as a media resource for the community. We thank NABJ for leading the way."
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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 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place June 20-24 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. For additional information, ticket sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.