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NABJ-SU to Host: Roxanne Jones is Coming to Town
The Syracuse University Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-SU) will be hosting renowned journalist, Roxanne Jones, on Thursday, March 26 in the Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse III at 7 p.m.
“I think Roxanne Jones is a fire-starter. She was one of the founding editors of ESPN The Magazine. She has been in every medium–radio, television, magazine, newspaper, online- and students will benefit from that knowledge. To know a Black Woman has made such moves in an industry like mainstream sports–and she has a family–is affirming to me as a wannabe storyteller,” said President of NABJ, Jessica Johnson.
This free event is open to everyone on the Syracuse University campus with a critique session following the presentation. The critique will be an opportunity for students to ask Jones how they can improve their own work as student journalists.
Jones won three general Excellence Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. From her involvement in The Magazine, it became the top sports and lifestyle read to sports enthusiasts. Jones was nominated for an Emmy when she was the executive editorial producer of ESPN television The Life. Jones recently published her first book, Say it Loud, an illustrated history of the Black Athlete.
Nevertheless, Jones is not your ordinary journalist. She previously served as the first female chair of the Sports Task Force of The National Association of Black Journalists.
“As a former Chair of the NABJ Sports Task Force, Mrs. Jones’ visit, and willingness to connect with students is totally representative of our mission. NABJ as a national organization, and the Syracuse University chapter of NABJ, as a student chapter, is entirely committed to cultivating the journalists and storytellers of the future, and NABJ is totally invested in seeing more people of color as decision makers in the industry,” said Johnson.
NABJ is a pre-professional organization dedicated to supporting journalists, communicators and media enthusiasts of color. Realizing opportunities do not always exist for underrepresented people to tell their own stories, NABJ encourages members to develop opportunities for themselves, and work towards sensitizing media, both locally and nationally, to the importance of fairness and comprehensive coverage.