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Sheila Brooks to Receive the NABJ Ida B. Wells Award

Thursday, July 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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Sheila Brooks to Receive the NABJ Ida B. Wells Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2019) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Sheila Brooks, Ph.D., founder of NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects and CEO of SRB Communications, will receive the 2019 Ida B. Wells Award at its Annual Convention & Career Fair.
Brooks will be presented with the award on Friday, Aug. 9, during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa - Aventura. Convention registration and Hall of Fame tickets can be purchased here.
The annual honor is given to an individual who has made outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. It is named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the distinguished journalist, fearless reporter and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.
According to NABJ President Sarah Glover, Brooks’ influence in the media industry has impacted countless students and professionals.
“Dr. Brooks has paved the way for many black journalists and media professionals. She has displayed an unwavering commitment to diversifying the industry through teaching and mentorship and is also a great example of the power of entrepreneurship and service to the community,” said Glover. “Through the years, she has invested her time and talent into NABJ and the future of journalism and communications, including creating a scholarship for media entrepreneurs.”
Created by Brooks in 1990, SRB Communications is a full-service advertising, marketing and PR agency in Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Manhattan, New York. The boutique agency specializes in multicultural markets, public relations, media relations, community outreach and broadcast production.
Before starting the company in 1990, Brooks built a distinguished television career as a reporter, anchor and news director at CBS, NBC and PBS TV affiliates across the country. She worked as the documentary executive producer for WTTG Reports at the FOX station in Washington, D.C.
Brooks, also a professor at George Washington University, used her expertise and industry experiences to develop NABJ’s signature Student Multimedia Projects Program, which is a one-week, intensive training experience during the Annual Convention & Career Fair. During the program, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, professional journalists and educators work with college students to create daily television newscasts and newspapers, as well as manage digital platforms and public relations projects.
“NABJ has witnessed and benefitted directly from Dr. Brooks' founding and nurturing of its annual Student Projects Program that has become one of the most visible and important features of our convention each year," said Clint C. Wilson, II, Ph.D., Brooks’ long-time colleague and professor emeritus at Howard University's Cathy Hughes School of Communications. “Over the past three decades, countless African American journalism students have strengthened their skills and expanded their employment opportunities because of Sheila Brooks' fervent advocacy.”
Brooks’ 41 years in the television and communications industry has garnered her more than 200 awards including two local Emmy Awards, four local Emmy nominations, the NABJ President’s Award (a three-time honor), 47 national Telly Awards, and induction in the Silver Circle — an honor from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which recognizes more than 25 years of excellence in journalism. She is also the inaugural recipient of NABJ's Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.
In 2019, Brooks received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her first book, co-authored with Wilson, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” She was also inducted in the DMN Marketing Hall of Femme and her alma mater’s Hall of Fame in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington-Seattle.
According to Brooks, receiving the Ida B. Wells award is a special honor.
“I am genuinely honored and humbled to receive the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award from NABJ,” said Brooks. “We are each given gifts to use in our lives. Mine is to serve others as a steward dedicated to mentoring young journalists and entrepreneurs. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NABJ Student Projects, one of the most visible and important features of our Annual Convention, I am especially proud to be recognized as the founder and for my leadership in increasing access and opportunities for people of color in journalism.”

Media Contact:
Kanya Stewart
NABJ Director of Communications

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