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NABJ Awards The Burton Wire with its Ray Taliaferro Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Monday, June 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2013) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce that Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, will receive of the organization’s Ray Taliaferro Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. The honor will presented at the 38th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, FL, on July 31 during the opening ceremony.

The $5,000 award, sponsored by the Barry Bonds Family Foundation, is named in honor of veteran San Francisco radio talk show host and NABJ Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Taliaferro. The grant is awarded annually to an entrepreneurial venture that informs, engages and empowers a local, national, or global audience of readers and listeners.

The Burton Wire, which launched in March 2012, is an online publication dedicated to exploring world news, culture, and opinion with an emphasis on the African Diaspora including Africa, the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America and South America. The website covers a variety of topics including business, politics, health, entertainment, and sports.

Dr. Burton says the website is for "individual thinkers who understand that they are part of a larger collective. What is this collective? Free thinking people that care about the world, who will not be categorized or boxed in by society or culture and are interested in issues and topics that defy stereotypes and conventional wisdom.”

A Virginia native, Dr. Burton is an accomplished scholar, journalist, filmmaker, educator, and activist. She is editor-at-large at and is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. An expert in the examination of pop culture through the lens of race, class, gender and sexuality, Dr. Burton is a frequent commentator on television and radio in the United States. She has contributed to a number of publications including the New York Times, Black Enterprise magazine, CNN and Ebony.

"I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen as the recipient of this illustrious award. There is nothing better than being honored by your peers, particularly those who come out of the tradition of the black press,” said Burton. "The Ray Taliaferro Award will allow me to redesign the site, thus improving the overall user experience. This award will help The Burton Wire continue to elevate news and informed opinion of the African Diaspora in the new media and journalism landscape and for this, I am eternally grateful.”

Past award honorees include Chicago-based online newspaper, The NorthStar News & Analysis, and California-based digital magazine shades.

When asked about the committee’s decision to select The Burton Wire as this year’s award recipient, Charles Gardner, Treasurer of the Barry Bonds Family Foundation said, "Her accomplishments and media ventures best represent the type of efforts we attempt to promote and highlight with this award. Her efforts to target a wider global audience with the story of the African Diaspora by using the Internet as a communications medium is very consistent with our goals and aspirations. Dr. Burton exemplifies the new age digital entrepreneur we seek to promote and has a business model we think other Black journalists can replicate with success.”

Dr. Burton holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, M.A. from New York University, M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She is also the owner of BurtonWorks Media, a company that offers editorial consulting and produces new media products.


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit

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