San Diego Association of Black Journalists Wins Several Awards at the 2022 Annual NABJ/NAHJ Convention

San Diego Association of Black Journalists Wins Several Awards at the 2022 Annual NABJ/NAHJ Convention

SDABJ came home with multiple awards and honors from the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalist Convention held in Las Vegas in early August

San Diego – August 25, 2022 – The San Diego Association of Black Journalists (SDABJ) is celebrating major achievements after bringing home three prestigious awards from the recent National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) / National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Convention held August 3-7, 2022.

The annual NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair is the premier conference for journalism education where notable influencers and speakers present and acknowledge the great work done in our respective fields. NABJ is the largest journalism group for people of color with more than 4,500 members worldwide.

The following are the accolades that SDABJ received at this year’s convention: 

  • Jerry McCormick, founding president of SDABJ, won the LGBTQ+ Task Force Award, as well as the coveted NABJ President’s Award.
  • Keith Bryant, current president of SDABJ, was awarded a $2,500 grant from Toyota after presenting his NABJ Leadership Academy Capstone Project. Additionally, Bryant successfully presented his weather workshop “Wind Shift” as part of the NABJ Weather and Climate Task Force. He moderated the panel with meteorologists from across the country, including fellow SDABJ member Karlene Chavis, the Chief Meteorologist at CBS News 8. The workshop discussed tips for breaking into the broadcast meteorology industry, and how journalists can make the transition to meteorologists.  
  • Dana Littlefield, former SDABJ president and a member of the organization for more than 20 years, participated in this year’s NABJ J-SHOP. Now in its 13th year, J-SHOP is the high school journalism workshop held during the convention. Littlefield was the co-director of the inaugural J-SHOP in 2009. Click here to see what the students produced this year.

“Being a part of this year’s NABJ/NAHJ Convention was a great opportunity not only for me, but also our chapter,” says Bryant. “Since the start of the pandemic, our chapter has not skipped a beat. Although we couldn’t meet in-person as often as we would have liked, our programming continued on with over 20 professional development and social events held in the last year alone. We are a small and mighty chapter, and couldn’t do this great work without our dedicated membership. We look forward to attending the convention again next year to showcase our members, the work we do and to represent our beautiful city of San Diego.”

For more information about SDABJ or to become a member, visit sdabj.org.

About San Diego Association of Black Journalists

The San Diego Association of Black Journalists (SDABJ) is the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). SDABJ is a 501(c) (3) organization and was founded in 2000 by a small group of journalists and communications professionals, including Jim Trotter, Maria Hunt, Jerry McCormick, Ozzie Roberts, Gil Griffin, Bernie Jones, Samuel Autman, Lisa Lake, Booker Crenshaw, and Kelly Williams. SDABJ has approximately twenty registered members working in print, broadcast, public relations, and academia.

The nonprofit organization’s goals include increasing the number of Black journalists in management positions and encouraging Black journalists to become entrepreneurs. SDABJ works to foster an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements by Black journalists, and outstanding achievements in the media industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage of the Black community and society at large. The organization works with high schools and colleges to identify and encourage Black students to become journalists and to diversify faculties and related curricula and is also committed to providing information and training services to the general public. All fundraising efforts go toward academic scholarships and student training programs such as “Pro for a Day,” a journalism boot camp where students are taught how to produce their own news stories on a variety of platforms under the tutelage of professional journalists. Learn more at www.sdabj.org.

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