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NABJ Names 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees, Special Honors Winners.

NYT's Baquet named 'Journalist of the Year', CNN's Shaw to receive Lifetime Achievement

WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ NABJ National Association of Black Journalists ) will induct in┬Ěduct
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 a renowned journalism educator, two broadcast pioneers and an accomplished media executive into the 2007 NABJ Hall of Fame The NABJ Hall of Fame, a project of the National Association of Black Journalists, honors African-American and other journalists. The original Hall of Fame list was established April 5, 1990, honoring ten historical figures and seven contemporaries; three more contemporaries were , the association announced today.

At its spring meeting in Chicago, the NABJ Board of Directors voted to induct the following legends into the NABJ Hall of Fame this summer:
  -- Xernona Clayton-Brady: Trumpet Awards founder and broadcast pioneer who
     served as one of the highest-ranking corporate executives at Turner
     Broadcasting System over a span of 30 years. She began her television
     career in 1967 and became the first black woman in the South to host a
     daily prime-time talk show. In 1993, she created the Trumpet Awards to
     honor exceptional African-Americans in arts, entertainment and public
  -- Merv Aubespin: Past president of NABJ from 1983-1985. He established
     the organization's first national office and increased the visibility
     of NABJ internationally. For 34 years, he worked as an artist, reporter
     and editor at the The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky and has
     served as an advisor to newspaper executives seeking to recruit and
     retain journalists of color.  Thousands of professional and aspiring
     journalists across the country affectionately refer to Aubespin as
     "Uncle Merv" as he remains a popular mentor and lecturer.
  -- John L. Dotson, Jr.: Former president and publisher of the Akron Beacon
     Journal and co-founder of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for
     Journalism Education. In 1994, under Dotson's leadership, the Beacon
     Journal won a Pulitzer Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for
     its coverage of race relations in the Akron community. The following
     year, he was awarded the John S. Knight Gold Medal, Knight Ridder's
     highest award for overall achievement. In 1993, NABJ presented Dotson
     with the NABJ President's Award for his exemplary journalistic career.
     He is a founder and former chairman of the Maynard Institute, an
     organization that has provided journalism training for journalists of
     color for more than 30 years.
  -- Jim Vance: Co-anchor of the longest-running anchor team in our nation's
     capital. Vance has worked for WRC-TV since 1969 and in 1972 became the
     station's main anchor. Between 1976 and 1980, he co-anchored with Sue
     Simmons, resulting in one of the first African American co-anchors of a
     major market television station. Vance has won 15 Emmy Awards during
     his 40-year career as a journalist.

"These four living legends The Living Legends crew is a group of eight West Coast hip hop artists. Although their roots lie in Los Angeles and Oakland, the Legends also have fans worldwide. Background  have had a significant impact on American journalism," said NABJ President Bryan Monroe, vice-president and editorial director of Ebony ebony, common name for members of the Ebenaceae, a family of trees and shrubs widely distributed in warmer climates and in the tropics. The principal genus, Diospyros, includes both ebony and persimmon trees.  and Jet magazines in Chicago. "As black journalists, we have learned from them and been inspired by them."

The NABJ Board also awarded these distinguished journalists with Special Honors:
  -- Dean Baquet, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Times was named
     Journalist of the Year. Baquet, one of the nation's top African
     American newspaper executives, resigned as editor of the Los Angeles
     Times in 2006 after refusing to layoff his editorial staff as ordered
     by the paper's owners and publisher.
  -- Bernard Shaw, former CNN correspondent and anchor is the recipient of
     the NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1980, he joined CNN as one of
     the first anchors for the network and was a leading anchor until his
     retirement in 2000. Shaw is noted for his embedded news coverage as he
     reported live from Baghdad at the onset of the Gulf War.

  Other Special Honors winners include:

  -- CNN, Best Practices Award
  -- Black Entertainment Television, Thumbs Down Award
  -- Glenn Proctor, Richmond Times Dispatch, Legacy Award
  -- Mara Schiavocampo, New York-based freelance reporter, Emerging
     Journalist of the Year
  -- Linda Waller Shockley, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Community Service
  -- Eddie Cole, Jr., Tennessee State University, Student Journalist of the
     Year Award
  -- Robert Adams/Jim Highland, Western Kentucky University, Journalism
     Educators of the Year Award
  -- National Union of Somali Journalists, Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist

Finalists for Chapter of the Year are the Washington Association of Black Journalists, NABJ Chicago, and the Association of Black Media Workers- Baltimore.

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 are finalists for Student Chapter of the Year.

Clayton-Brady, Aubespin, Dotson and Vance will be inducted during the NABJ Hall of Fame Awards at the 2007 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  on August 10. Winners of the other Special Honors categories will receive their awards throughout the convention.

Over 4,000 journalists from across the country are expected to attend the 32nd Annual Convention, August 8-12 at Bally's Hotel & Casino. The convention will feature the nation's largest journalism career fair along with specialized workshops, plenary plenary adj. full, complete, covering all matters, usually referring to an order, hearing or trial.

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 sessions and professional development breakfasts for veteran and future journalists. For more information, please visit

NOTE: Members of the working press who will be covering the NABJ convention are required to obtain media credentials CREDENTIALS, international law. The instruments which authorize and establish a public minister in his character with the state or prince to whom they are addressed. If the state or prince receive the minister, he can be received only in the quality attributed to him in his credentials. . As part of the process, reporters must submit a request for credentials on company letterhead signed by their supervisors. The letter must also include the specific days that the reporters will be covering the convention and the names and titles of all staff members who are requesting media credentials. A photo ID or press pass will be required for each person. For additional information on obtaining credentials, contact Kristin Palmer, NABJ Communications Manager at

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

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 in the nation, with more than 4,000 members, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

CONTACT: Kristin Palmer, Communications Manager of NABJ, +1-301-445-7100 Ext. 107, or

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