Sunday marked the close of the 36th annual National Association of Black Journalists convention and career fair, held this week in Philadelphia.
BET.com brought you coverage from the frontlines, including highlights from featured speakers like advertising expert Steve Stout, who said that American is “Tanning” (no, he didn’t mean we need a higher SPF!), to Dr. Cornel West, who called for less talk and more action in the Black community.
On Friday the organization appointed Gregory Lee as its 19th president, the organization announced on its website.
Also announced were the recipients of the organization’s top honors for the year. Noted winners included shades Magazine, recipient of The Ray Taliaferro Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and ESPN, recipient of the Annual Best Practices Award.
Nine journalists were honored with this year’s Special Honors Award, the organization’s most prestigious designation, for their outstanding contributions to the field of journalism.
The 2011 Special Honors Award recipients are as follows:
Community Service Award
Emerging Journalist of the Year
Bonnie Newman Davis
Journalism Educator of the Year
Journalist of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Pat Tobin Media Professional Award
Student Journalist of the Year
Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist
Next year's conference will be held in June in New Orleans.