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NABJ Announces Finalists for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards

Thursday, June 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brittani Butler
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Winners will be announced at gala celebration on Aug. 12 in New Orleans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today the finalists for its 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. The competition honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public relations. Winners will be announced Saturday, Aug. 12, at a gala celebration during NABJ's 42nd Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, the largest annual gathering for journalists of color in the country.
Finalists include veteran journalists Steve Crump of WBTV in Charlotte, Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times Magazine, Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal, TV One's Roland Martin, Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press and 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker.
For a complete list of the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards finalists, click
NABJ is also pleased to award American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan with the organization's Journalist of the Year Award for her White House coverage during an unprecedented presidential campaign.
Other top honorees to be honored during the #NABJ17 convention include NBC Universal's Yvette Miley as the recipient of the association's Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award; The Allen Lewis Agency's Jocelyn K. Allen with the Pat Tobin Media Professional; George Washington University and The Washington Post's Cheryl W. Thompson for Educator of the Year; G Philly Editor Ernest Owens and ABC News Segment Producer Candace Smith as Emerging Journalists of the Year; journalism educator Ron Thomas for the Legacy Award; and 2016 Hamline University graduate Gino Terrell for Student Journalist of the Year.
NABJ's 42nd Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 9-13, 2017, in New Orleans. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala is the only awards program that honors exemplary coverage of African and/or African-American people or issues exclusively.
Tickets to this event can be purchased here.
Registration is currently open for NABJ's 42nd Convention and Career Fair. To register, click here. Follow Twitter for updates: @NABJ  
Sponsorship opportunities for #NABJ17 are also available. Please visit here for additional information, here.
Questions on awards? Contact NABJ at


About the National Association of Black Journalists: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 additional information, please visit


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