NABJ cel­e­brates FAMU alumni with Ex­cel­lence in Jour­nal­ism Awards

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NEW OR­LEANS – The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Black Jour­nal­ists (NABJ) be­stowed more than 100 awards at its 42nd An­nual Con­ven­tion from Au­gust 9-13 in New Or­leans, Louisiana.

NABJ in­ducted four veteran jour­nal­ists into its 2017 Hall of Fame on Fri­day, Au­gust 11. The Hall of Fame is NABJ’s high­est recog­ni­tion.

Among the dis­tin­guished group were two alumni who have made his­toric con­tri­bu­tions to the jour­nal­ism field. Garth C. Reeves, publisher emer­i­tus of The Mi­ami Times and a 1940 grad­u­ate of Florida A&M Uni­ver­sity, was among the hon­orees and cel­e­brated as a NABJ 2017 Hall of Fame In­ductee at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s na­tional con­ven­tion. “I feel hon­ored to be hon­ored by NABJ,” he said. “I have ad­mired the or­ga­ni­za­tion since it started. Black jour­nal­ists and the Black Press are up against for­mi­da­ble foes and we have to keep fight­ing and not give up. It makes you feel good when you are rec­og­nized by your peers and be­ing in the busi­ness, at 98, I feel good.”

Reeves served for 10 years as pres­i­dent of the Amal­ga­mated Pub­lish­ers of New York City, which rep­re­sented more than 100 African-Amer­i­can-owned news­pa­pers through­out the United States. He was also elected to serve two terms as pres­i­dent of the Na­tional News­pa­per Pub­lish­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (NNPA). “I am so ex­cited about this year’s in­ductees,” said NABJ Vice Pres­i­dent for Print Mar­lon Walker, also a FAMU alum. “Any­one who came through the FAMU jour­nal­ism school knows who Garth Reeves is and it is an honor to share this ex­pe­ri­ence with him.”

Leoneda Inge, PBS pow­er­house reporter with WUNC North Carolina Public Ra­dio and a 1988 grad­u­ate of Florida A&M Uni­ver­sity, re­ceived the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Jour­nal­ist of Dis­tinc­tion Award. “Leoneda Inge is an ex­cep­tional jour­nal­ist who has cre­ated in­sight­ful, award-win­ning sto­ries that ex­am­ine the Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence in all its con­structs. She is com­mit­ted to sto­ry­telling that re­flects the is­sues and in­spi­ra­tions in the black com­mu­nity,” NABJ Pres­i­dent Sarah Glover said.“Her work is not only cred­i­ble, but also sen­si­tive and com­pelling. She brings the au­di­ence into the story and en­gages them with an approach that ed­u­cates and en­light­ens.”

Each year, NABJ pays ho­mage to leg­endary Black jour­nal­ists, au­thors, ed­u­ca­tors and ac­tivists who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to both their in­dus­try and the Black com­mu­nity across the di­as­pora.

“NABJ is proud to rec­og­nize th­ese ex­em­plary jour­nal­ists,” Glover said.“We will con­tinue to en­sure that out­stand­ing jour­nal­ism that pro­vides per­spec­tive on Black life is el­e­vated and that Black jour­nal­ists are ap­pre­ci­ated and praised for their ex­cel­lent work.

Stu­dents and alumni from the FAMU School of Jour­nal­ism & Graphic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion were well rep­re­sented through­out the week. FAMU also hosted a re­cep­tion to con­nect stu­dents and alumni with net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and news and in­for­ma­tion about the Uni­ver­sity’s achieve­ments.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JA­SON MICCOLO JOHN­SON/NABJ Florida Crews De­ployed To Texas To Help Har­vey Vic­tims.

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