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BR Area Association of Black Journalists receives national award

5 months 1 week 4 days ago August 08, 2016 Aug 8, 2016 Monday, August 08 2016 August 08, 2016 6:17 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
Image: NABJ Region III Director Gayle Hurd (middle) congratulates BRAABJ Immediate Past President Michelle McCalope (left) and BRAABJ President Cheryl Stroy, right, on being awarded the NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year.

BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ) was awarded the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) Professional Chapter award.

The award was presented at the NABJ/NAHJ Convention in Washington, D.C. last week. WBRZ 2une In news producer, Cheryl Stroy, is the current president of BRAABJ.

The award is presented to a professional affiliate chapter for its accomplishment during its eligibility and includes, but not limited to, the number of new members who have joined the chapter and NABJ, the chapter's community efforts along with the number of scholarships awarded by the chapter.

"Local chapters are the backbone of NABJ and help keep its mission alive. The chapter's talented members form a vital fellowship for black journalists across the country," NABJ President Sarah Glover said.

"Local chapters help working journalists identify allies and advocates who live and work in the same market, formulating an indispensable network," Glover said.

BRAABJ past president Michelle McCalope accepted the award on the organization's behalf.

"I am so proud of our chapter members who have all helped contribute to this award," McCalope said.

"And personally as president and founder of BRAABJ for the past four years, it's one of my proudest moments. BRAABJ has done a lot in its short history and I know we've impacted the community. I'm looking forward to the organization continuing its legacy," McCalope said.

NABJ released a statement as to why the BRAABJ was nominated and received the award:

"The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ) has worked tirelessly to ensure that both local journalists and the community at large are engaged in an ongoing basis. The chapter hosted a breakfast meeting with New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, the first African-American to hold that position. There was also a very successful "Secrets to Accessing the Media" workshop, designed to help nonprofits and small business owners be successful in getting their events covered by the press, learn how to write a news release and how to conduct themselves during an interview. The event has drawn more than 70 people each year. To engage students, there was a mentoring workshop with students from both Southern University and Louisiana State University.  The community has also turned out in force for the chapter's annual scholarship luncheon in April, where they honored pioneering journalists and raised money for student scholarships. This year they raised nearly $14,000."

BRAABJ was founded in 2012 and its mission is to support journalists of color, mentor and provide scholarships to student journalists and promote diversity in newsrooms.

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