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NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year

Monday, June 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Natasha S. Alford named NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Natasha S. Alford, deputy editor and digital host at TheGrio.com, as the Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist for 2018.

This award recognizes a black print, broadcast, digital or photojournalist with less than five years of experience in the industry. Nominees, through their hard work and service, must display a commitment to NABJ's goals of outstanding achievement and providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large.

"Natasha is an extremely talented young journalist who exemplifies the qualities that the late great Michael Feeney represented," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "She has a strong passion for telling stories of significance to underrepresented communities."

Alford's work covers a wide range of topics including race, gender, politics, education and pop culture. She is renowned for her original reporting series, "True Story," which TheGrio describes as an "intimate and inspiring video project" highlighting how everyday people can make a difference in society.

Alford, who has been in her current role since January 2016, is particularly proud of her continuing coverage surrounding the death of Delrawn Small, who was fatally shot by an off-duty New York City police officer on July 4, 2017. Her stories helped change the narrative of Small, going from originally being labeled the aggressor to a victim after a driving dispute with the officer, who was eventually found not guilty.  

Nonetheless, Alford said journalists have an "awesome responsibility" to tell stories of people and movements. Without our words, reports and a dogged pursuit of the truth, the nation fails to live up to its ideals, she adds.  

"Our words can shift consciousness and inspire real change. It's what makes me proud to wake up each day and do what I do," she said. "This award inspires me to keep fighting to tell the underreported stories of black America, and to pursue my passion for impactful video journalism. For the people who've entrusted me with telling their most personal stories, I dedicate this award to them."

Amy DuBois Barnett, TheGrio's executive vice-president and chief content officer, shares Alford's sentiments.

"I could not be more thrilled for Natasha. She takes her craft so seriously," Barnett said.  "Natasha is a triple threat: She's an amazing writer, a tremendous on-camera talent and she has a real feel for visual storytelling than most journalists I've ever worked with. I think that Natasha is going to be one of the most prominent journalists of our time." 

Alford will be honored at the NABJ Hall of Fame Luncheon sponsored by Al Jazeera during the NABJ Convention and Career Fair on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Convention registration and awards tickets can be purchased here.

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 About 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 www.nabj.org.


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