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NABJ Congratulates Member Jeff Ballou on His Election as President of The National Press Club

Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON, (Jan 16, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Jeff P. Ballou on his election as President of The National Press Club.

Journalist members of the National Press Club elected Ballou as their 110th president in December and he was inaugurated at the "Club of Champions" inaugural gala on Jan. 14. Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network will be the first African-American male to be president in the Club's 108-year history. 

"I am deeply humbled, honored and privileged to step into a role made possible by brave pioneers, some who didn't have the chance to belong, let alone be president.  I only hope and pray that the service our team renders is worthy of their sacrifice.  As a man from modest beginnings in Pittsburgh, I am quite simply an ordinary man with extraordinary blessings," said Ballou, 50, at the National Press Club' Reliable Source Bar during the election night celebration.

A National Press Club member since 1992, Ballou was first elected to the National Press Club's board of governors in 2012. He aims for this administration to be known for "strengthening the bond among members, attracting and quizzing the top newsmakers, fiercely guarding press freedom, maintaining fiscal stability, augmenting professional development, growing our businesses and striving for the utmost operational efficiency."

"Our profession is under attack," Ballou said. "The work, voice, safe harbor and fellowship of the National Press Club are needed now, more than ever. We are seeing some of the finest journalism of our time covering the biggest stories of our time.  But faith in journalism is shaken in part by those pretending to be us and lying while doing it.  We have to push back and reassert our role as guardians of truthful, solid, informative and in some cases dangerous reporting.  Our team will maintain the National Press Club role as the world's oldest, leading and well-regarded conveners and promoters of excellence in journalism and communications."

The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. The Club is where news happens in the nation's capital and is a vigorous advocate of press freedom worldwide.

NABJ wishes Ballou well in his new role. 

About the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ):

 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.



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