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NABJ Announces 2010-2011 New York Times Leadership/NABJ Academy Winners

Sunday, December 12, 2010   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2010)— The National Association of Black Journalists is
pleased to announce the 2010-2011 NYT/NABJ Leadership Academy Class.

The New York Times and the National Association of Black Journalists partner annually on the
NYT/NABJ Leadership Academy, a training program designed to help journalists who have
been newly promoted to newsroom positions to prepare for careers in newsroom management.
The program lasts approximately nine months and editors at The New York Times and the
Maynard Institute help new managers to develop skills in leadership, change management,
newsroom power and politics and other issues.

After the initial session at the Times office, participants will move on to join the Maynard
Institute’s Media Academy at Harvard in January and again in March. The Maynard Institute
Media Academy prepares high-potential individuals for first-time promotions to entry level
management roles on both the editorial and business sides of newspapers. Maynard runs the
academy in partnership with the Newspaper Association of America in recognition of the need to
increase the number of managers of color in the news industry.

"We are thrilled to be working with the New York Times and the Maynard Institute on this
initiative," said NABJ President Kathy Times. "This continued partnership creates more
opportunities for African-American journalists in all areas of the newsroom, and NABJ is
pleased that the New York Times supports this effort."

Congratulations to the 2010-2011 NYT/NABJ Leadership Academy class:

Kortney Stringer has been an Assistant Business Editor/Sunday Business Editor at The Boston
Globe since 2007. Before joining the Globe's staff, Kortney was an Assistant Metro Editor at the
Detroit Free Press in the Oakland County bureau. Prior to becoming an Editor, Kortney was a
Business Reporter covering Advertising and Media for the Detroit Free Press. Kortney started
her career at the Wall Street Journal's Dallas bureau, where she worked for five years covering
consumer electronics, travel, and retail companies.

Kortney earned a B.A. in Journalism from Wayne State University in 2000 and an MBA in
Marketing from Southern Methodist University in 2004. Kortney, who resides in Cambridge,
Mass., loves to travel, read on the beach, and cook.

Rashida Rawls is an award-winning journalist who currently works as a word editor at The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rashida is the first and critical editor of stories for the newspaper
and website. She also assists supervisors in making assignments for a team of 10 editors. Rashida
previously worked as a copy editor, columnist, and page designer at the Ocala Star-Banner in

Rashida has a B.A. in English from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude

and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. She was selected as a Freedom Forum Fellow and worked as a
copy editor and designer at the Macon Telegraph. Rashida is also an alumna of The New York
Times Student Journalism Institute.

Anica Butler edits crime and court news at The Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Florida A&M
University and alum of Tribune’s METPRO, she has worked in newspapers since her late
teens. Starting as a news assistant and obit writer, she also spent time as a copy editor and page
designer before becoming a full-time reporter. She’s covered beats including state and local
government, education and crime at papers including the Los Angeles Times, The Hartford
Courant, and The Baltimore Sun.

Anica made the jump to multimedia four years ago, and was The Sun’s first early morning
reporter/editor, responsible for updating the website early and often with breaking news
beginning when it was still dark outside. Anica moved on to coordinate multimedia projects and
produced video projects before becoming crime editor last summer. She also blogs about health
and fitness.

Kenneth McFarlin has been an Art Director at The New York Times since 1987. He is currently
the Art Director for the Home section and the Real Estate section. During his tenure at the
Times, he initiated the design for the Style section, The City section and the Circuit section.
His work at The Times has received numerous awards including The Society of News Design
(portfolio award), The Society of Publication Design and The New York Times Publishers
Award. Kenneth also oversees the Art Department’s Summer Internship Program.

Kenneth received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and
also did his M.J. work at the University of Missouri. He has taught design at the University of
Missouri, Parsons School of Design, NY, and the Maynard Institute Summer Editing Program.

For more information about NABJ, contact Ryan Williams at or (301) 405-

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization
of journalists of color in the nation which provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

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