NEW ORLEANS – A Baltimore organization is bringing home the highest honor for National Association of Black Journalists student chapters.
The Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists (MSUABJ) earned the honor of becoming the 2017 NABJ Student Chapter of the Year. The crowning achievement was announced Wednesday August 8, 2017 during the NABJ Convention opening reception in New Orleans.
MSUABJ beat out Carolina Association of Black Journalists and City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism Association of Black Journalists for the top spot.
The Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication (MSU-SGJC) based chapter was instrumental in hosting the 2016 Region 1 conference entitled, “One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism.”
Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists
The Morgan State University Association of Black Journalists’ (MSUABJ) was the host of the 2016 NABJ Region 1 Conference in Baltimore. The support in the planning and implementation of the two-day conference titled “One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism” highlighted the death of the young black man at the hands of Baltimore police. The chapter’s home, the School of Global Journalism and Communication (MSU-SGJC), was the location for the conference, which was open to the community and included a town hall discussion with the city’s police chief. For its efforts, the chapter won a $500 financial prize given by the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company to specifically support academic and organizational excellence. Other highlights in 2016 included participating in the Student Organizations Summit at Morgan and having notable journalists such as Nicki Mayo from The Associated Press, and Justin Tinsley from ESPN’s The Undefeated, speak at chapter meetings. The chapter was co-founded in 2008 by former assistant professor Allissa V. Hosten and Denise Brown, former director of student media, and recognizes the efforts of MSU-SGJC’s founding dean and NABJ Founder DeWayne Wickham.