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Belmont Faculty and Staff Participate in National Association of Black Journalists Event, Raise Thousands for Student Scholarships

On Sunday, November 6, members and supporters of Nashville media gathered for The Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists signature event, “Headliners and Heroes.” This fundraiser provides scholarships for young people majoring in media professions and this year’s event raised nearly $10,000. A portion will be used as a scholarship in the name of one of NABJ’s 44 founders, Sandra Long Weaver.

In addition, the annual event recognizes individuals in media who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of journalism and communications as well as those in the community who have readily carried the torch of justice and service to others.

Belmont faculty, staff and administration served prominent roles at the event. including Professor of Journalism Dr. Sybril Brown who served as co-chair. Kenisha Rhone, director of digital media and social strategy at Belmont is the organization’s secretary and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Beverly Schneller attended the reception at the First Amendment Center. Belmont’s Department of Media Studies and dining services also contributed to the event.

2016 Headliners and Heroes for Media Excellence Award winners include:

  • Sharon Kay, General Manager. WFSK-FM 88.1
  • Dwight Lewis, Former Editorial Page Editor and Columnist, The Tennessean
  • Dr. Phyllis Qualls, Former Executive Director, TN Economic Council of Women
  • Vicki Yates, Anchor, NewsChannel 5 Network
  • Sandra Long Weaver, Founder, National Association of Black Journalists; Editorial Consultant, The Tennessee Tribune, established the Sandra Long Weaver Scholarship Fund
  • K. Dawn Rutledge, Director, Office of University Publications, Tennessee State University
  • Rosetta Miller-Perry, Publisher, The Tennessee Tribune
  • President’s Award,
    • Lelan Statom, Senior Meteorologist, NewsChannel 5

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