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NABJ-Chicago and North Carolina A&T Win 2018 NABJ Professional, Student Chapter Awards

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NABJ-Chicago and North Carolina A&T Win 2018 NABJ Professional, Student Chapter Awards

DETROIT (Aug. 5, 2018)
NABJ-Chicago is the NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year and North Carolina A&T State University is the Student Chapter of the Year.

The winning chapters were honored during the 43rd NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Detroit.

These NABJ awards are presented to a professional affiliate chapter and a student chapter for their accomplishments during the eligibility period. Among the criteria are the number of new members for the chapter and NABJ, the chapter's community activities and programs, and the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter.

“Our professional and student chapters are the lifeblood of NABJ. They are the association’s boots on the ground and are essential in executing the association’s mission of providing quality programming and services to advocate on behalf of black journalists,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “I commend NABJ Chicago and North Carolina A&T  for their accomplishments.”

In the last year, the Chicago chapter partnered with the local National Association of Hispanic Journalists for a highly successful job fair that had three dozen recruiters in the Chicago and Milwaukee media markets. More than 200 people attended. The Chicago chapter also co-sponsored, with CBS2 Chicago, a candidates forum for the hotly-contested state attorney general race. The event was live-streamed and had hundreds of thousands of hits. And the chapter’s monthly meetings consistently feature  newsmakers as well as provide training for its more than 200 members.

“We are absolutely thrilled. This is a chapter that pours its soul into every single project,” said long-time Chicago chapter member Dorothy Tucker, who is also NABJ’s vice president, broadcast. “Our chapter has a great mix of veteran and millennial members, as we’re big on advocacy and inclusion. I’m very proud of NABJ-Chicago.”

At the North Carolina A&T State chapter, formed in 2017, student members created vision boards to see and fulfill their desired goals for the year. The chapter played a major part in preparing the 25th annual NABJ Short Course, which was held on the A&T campus. In response to the term “fake news,” the student chapter created “Journalism Matters” T-shirts to remind members that “as minority journalists, our presence in the media is still needed.”


Throughout the year student members studied abroad, were featured on “Good Morning America,” served as LinkedIn campus ambassadors, graduated and pursued different careers in the media.


“I'm deeply honored to serve as their adviser,” said Gail Wiggins, interim chair of the school’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department. “‘Journalism Matters’ has been the chapter's overarching theme for the past two years. The students have worked very hard planning and organizing programs to help drive the mission.”

Dr. Frances Ward-Johnson, North Carolina A&T’s dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, agrees.


"We are extremely proud of our students and this national recognition of our NABJ student chapter and their adviser,” Ward-Johnson said. “This is a history-making honor for our journalism and mass communications program.”  



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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