The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ) recently awarded four scholarships to area college students to attend the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.
The recipients who are mass communications students at their respective schools are Ward Colin, a graduate student at LSU who is working on his master’s degree; Paige Vaughn, a 2016 Spring LSU graduate; Daris Schneider-Bray, a senior at Southern University, and Danita Winfrey, a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University. The scholarships will cover their convention registration, airfare and hotel, a total of more than $5,000.
“We are so excited to once again give aspiring student journalists an opportunity to attend the NABJ convention and meet journalists from across the country who can help guide them in their careers,” said BRAABJ Immediate Past President Michelle McCalope. “The experience is lifechanging.”
As part of the convention, students will have an opportunity to meet thousands of journalists and potential employers from across the country and attend a myriad of professional workshops. NABJ will host the convention along with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
"It is truly a blessing to receive this scholarship,” Winfrey said. “It feels great that the work I'm putting in is starting to pay off. I’m excited to see what the convention has in store for me.”
“This is one of the first opportunities where I'll get to interact with successful mass communicators from all over the world and learn practical, helpful career information in one setting,” Colin said. “I’m looking forward to this great experience.”
The scholarships are funded by money raised at the BRAABJ Fourth Annual Scholarship Luncheon which was held in April. Thanks to all of our sponsors including Entergy, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Southern University Student Media, LSU Manship School of Communication, Baton Rouge Press Club, Attorney Preston Castille, Louisiana Lottery, Sharon Weston Broome, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Shiloh Baptist Church, Greater King David Baptist Church, Cox Communications, Everything Philly, Dianne Andrews In Black and White, WBRZ Channel 2, Belle of Baton Rouge, Chicken Shack and Haynie and Associates.
This is the third consecutive year BRAABJ is sending students to the NABJ Convention. Since 2014, the organization has sent seven students and two media professionals to the convention which doesn't include this year's recipients.
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