Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists named finalist for NABJ Chapter of the Year award

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists is up for NABJ’s Chapter of the Year Award joining finalists from Southern New England and Baton Rouge.

Region II Director Vicki Thomas nominated the chapter prior to to the announcement on Wednesday.

“Making the trip to Detroit for the NABJ Spring Board meeting last April [2015] demonstrated how committed GCABJ members are to making it a successful chapter,” Thomas made in a statement.

Among the chapter’s highlights in the past year is hosting the Region II Conference, “Covering Comeback Cities,” becoming a 501(c)(3) organization and attracting more than 50 members. The award would be the first for the chapter, dating back to its origins over 40 years ago with the Black Media Workers.

“It is an honor to be in consideration for the coveted NABJ Chapter of the Year Award,” GCABJ President Harry Boomer remarked in a statement. “We, the members of the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists, are proud to have joined NABJ in its efforts to represent journalists of color, to be advocates for our members and to also be the voice of our community in telling our stories and bringing our unique perspectives to the public square.”

NABJ will announce the winner on Aug. 3 at NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in Washington D.C.

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