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National Association of Black Journalists to Meet at JCSU

Charlotte, N.C. (March 7, 2013) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Region III will have its conference on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, March 9. Region III includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

The conference theme is “Unplugged: Wireless in a Hi-Tech World.” Broadcast and print journalists, as well as student journalists, from the Southeast will attend the conference. Workshops will begin in Grimes Lounge on the JCSU campus at 8 a.m. A tribute to NABJ founders will be included in the morning session in Grimes Lounge. Later, conference participants will convene in the Humanities Building for workshops. Professional journalists will be available to offer critiques of students’ works.

The Johnson C. Smith Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts serves as one of the major sponsors of the event. Other sponsors include Raycom Media, WRAL Channel 5 in Raleigh, WSOC-TV in Charlotte, Wells Fargo, Belk, Radio Television Digital News Association, Gannett, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., Time Warner Cable and Bahakel Communications.

This year, NABJ Region III will recognize a legendary black journalist who has made outstanding contributions to the media industry in Region III. In addition the organization will present a scholarship to a student enrolled in college in Region III.

Dedrick Russell, a WBTV, LLC/Raycom Media reporter, serves as NABJ Region III director and program chair of the conference.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube,LinkedIn and  

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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