The San Diego Association of Black Journalists celebrated their 2023 scholarship recipients on Saturday, June 10, at NBC7/Telemundo 20 Studios. 

We awarded scholarships to four outstanding students. Khalil Mitchell, Javier Moreno Colon, Jayden Hanzy, and JohVonne Roberts received an SDABJ scholarship between $1,000-$1,500.

Since its founding in 2000, SDABJ has awarded at least 70 annual scholarships to high school and college students pursuing journalism and other communications careers.

Veteran sports journalist Jim Trotter served as our keynote speaker. He spent 18 years as a San Diego sportswriter. He recently joined The Athletic after his highly publicized departure from NFL Media. 

Trotter was also honored with the 2023 Jerry McCormick Member Award for his journalism advocacy.

SDABJ also recognized Trotter by announcing a new scholarship named in his honor. The Jim Trotter Scholarship will start in 2024 for students who want to pursue sports journalism. 

San Diego Padres, San Diego Loyal, SeaWorld San Diego, Sesame Place San Diego, Broadway San Diego, and San Diego Symphony graciously donated raffle items for this year’s SDABJ Scholarship Reception. In addition, Cali BBQ provided the food at the reception. Plus, we take our sponsors NBC7/T20, Fox 5 San Diego, ABC 10 News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Qualcomm. 

For more information on donating to SDABJ, sponsoring our reception, or becoming a member, please visit

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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 20 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 achievement 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 curriculum, and are also committed to providing informational and training services to the general public. All fundraising efforts go toward academic scholarships and its 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

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