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NABJ Founder Maureen Bunyan to Receive the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award

NABJ congratulates founder Maureen Bunyan for being named the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award from the National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTV).



Named for the late Ed Walker, who received the award in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award recognizes the impact that local radio and television broadcasters have on local citizens.

Bunyan, a news anchor for WJLA-TV (Washington), will be presented with the award at the National Capital Radio & Television Museum's annual fundraiser, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Comfort Inn Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. in Bowie, Maryland.

Upon learning of her selection, Bunyan wrote: “I humbly accept the recognition from the Museum of this award named in honor of the beloved broadcast icon Ed Walker.”

"We are so proud of Maureen for this esteemed recognition" said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "The NABJ family already knows that she is a trailblazer. 

She is a fearless leader and co-founder of our beloved organization, and has had an amazing career in broadcasting. She is truly an inspiration to us all and is worthy of this honor."

Bunyan is a newsroom leader and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January 2014.

You may register for the event by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum at P.O. Box 1809, Bowie, Maryland, 20717 or online (http://ncrtv.org/fallfundraiser/). Tickets are $70 per person (members), $75 per person (non-members) and reserved tables of 8 are available for $560 (members) and $600 (non-members). 

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NABJ Members Save Man's Life After Heart Attack at 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention

NABJ Calls on Marriott to Equip All Hotels With Defibrillators

Steven DeLuca is alive and out of the hospital because NABJ members came to his aid and administered CPR after he suffered a heart attack outside the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair.

Aaron LaMere, DeLuca's best friend and business partner, was shoulder to shoulder when DeLuca's heart attack happened.

"I didn't know he was going to live until we got to the hospital," LaMere said. "It was a huge relief. All I thought was how am I going to call his wife and tell her if he had died."

Witnesses say that DeLuca, a freelance entertainment scenic artist, is alive today because of the quick response of NABJ and an NAHJ members, who were attending the awards event. 

He was also assisted by Dr. Asqual Getaneh, a guest at the Salute to Excellence Gala that evening.

"I can say it was without question one of the most frightening experiences of my life," said Kimberly Adams, a business reporter for Marketplace in Washington.

"I am extremely grateful and feel very blessed that I had the opportunity to do multiple CPR and first aid trainings, so hat that information kicked in at the right moment. I am still extraordinarily upset that a hotel of that size did not have any defibrillators on site and I was very grateful to President Glover that she has instructed me that first aid and CPR


training will likely be a component of future NABJ conventions."

Adams hopes this will be a lesson to everyone that is important to have CPR training because it is never known when the need may arise.

NABJ President Sarah Glover noted it was heroic that NABJers immediately provided aid when they noticed DeLuca on the floor.

"I'm grateful that NABJ members were in a position to jump in quickly and save the Mr. DeLuca's life. It's a blessing," Glover said. "I'm calling on Marriott headquarters to be certain there are defibrillators in each and every hotel to provide lifesaving assistance to those in need."


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NABJ Awards Cox Media Group with Annual Best Practices Award


NABJ is proud to announce the selection of the Cox Media Group (CMG) as the recipient of the association’s 2016 Best Practices Award.

Annually NABJ seeks to recognize a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora, and or for an organization’s efforts at increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management.

 As an innovative and forward-thinking multimedia company Cox Media Group has newspaper, radio, television and digital holdings. The company’s diverse portfolio lends itself to being able to provide an array of opportunities for emerging talent.

One way in which CMG stands out is with its Digital Talent Program (DTP), which allows Cox to hire six young professionals for one-year positions to work as Digital Media Associates assigned to digital projects, designed to drive business results. 

The goal is ultimately to bring employees on through staff positions offered within different units.

“An essential part of NABJ’s mission is to expand job opportunities, increase the number of black journalists in management positions, and encourage black journalists to become entrepreneurs,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Cox is therefore operating in line with how we would hope for partners to operate. They are offering opportunities as well as skill development to journalists and media professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.

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NABJ issued its 2016 Thumbs Down Award to the Dow Jones & Company,The New York Times andThe Washington Post for paying white male employees more than journalists of color, as demonstrated by results of several studies by unions representing staffers at each organization.

The Thumbs Down Award is given annually for reporting, commentary or other content found to be racially insensitive, or for practices at odds with the mission of the National Association of Black Journalists.

AtThe Washington Post, data revealed white male reporters make on average 20 percent more than reporters of color, as pointed out in its own story by Erik Wemple.

At The New York Times, a study found non-white news division employees earned 9 percent less than the average wage and non-white employees earned 10 percent less than the average wage across the company.


At Dow Jones, which ownsThe Wall Street Journal,Market WatchandBarron's, a study revealed weekly pay for white women is 24 percent higher than for black women and weekly pay for white men is 31 percent higher than for black men.

The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees (IAPE), which represents Dow Jones employees, published a report detailing these findings.

“The fact is that the studies offered hard numbers on a topic that many of our members long suspected to be true. The guilds at these media outlets worked to shine a light on these unfair practices,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “We hope that the results from these important studies, along with our Thumbs Down Award, will push these media outlets to correct these shameful wage disparities.”

Union officials say they are negotiating withThe New York Times, The Dow Jones Company andThe Washington Postto address the issue.Those are steps in the right direction and NABJ urgesThe New York Times, The Dow Jones Company andThe Washington Postto address the issue for all of its journalists of color.

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