Thursday, March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the passing of NABJ Founder Claude Lewis, also a founder of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). Lewis died Thursday morning at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82.
Lewis was a highly respected journalist and mentor to many journalists. Born and raised in New York City, he attended public schools and graduated from City College with a degree in English. Lewis worked as an editor and reporter for newspapers and magazines, such as Newsweek, New York Herald Tribune, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. (Story continues at nabj.org >>)
April 22, 10:30 a.m. at Alabama Media Group (1731 1st Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203).
The Birmingham Association of Black Journalists was founded in 1983 by a group of media professionals who wanted to encourage the employment and retention of journalists of color, provide opportunities for professional development and offer scholarships and guidance to students considering careers in the media.
The initial group of members included professionals from print and broadcast news. It later grew to include those in public relations and other related fields.
BABJ has increased its membership over the years from a group of twelve that could fit at a table in the Birmingham Press Club, to an organization of more than 50 media professionals.
BABJ has hosted three regional NABJ conventions. The first was in 1987, before the organization was officially affiliated with NABJ. The second was in 1994, the third in 2002. Also, three BABJ members have served on the NABJ Board of directors.
BABJ has awarded academic scholarships to several young journalism students. The organization also has awarded professional development scholarships to college students desiring to enhance their skills by attending NABJ, Associated Press and National Association of Broadcasters events.
Today, BABJ continues to hold a position of prominence. Its members are involved in almost every facet of the local media.
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