Michelle Johnson elected NABJ Academic Representative

Boston University professor Michelle Johnson has been elected NABJ’s newly created position of Academic Representative after running unopposed.

The Boston Association of Black Journalists wants to congratulate Michelle. This is just another position in a long career of service to the organization as well as another opportunity for her to continue to help with diversity efforts in the media. Thank you.


BABJ's Zuri Berry named deputy managing editor at the Herald

The Boston Association of Black Journalists’ vice president, Zuri Berry, was named the deputy managing editor for news and multimedia at the Boston Herald.

The Herald announced the news in an article on Thursday.

“Zuri has built a career in steering news organizations through the challenges of new media platforms to extend their reach and reader engagement,” Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca said in the paper.

“Smart, energized and committed to journalism, he has a strong appreciation for the collaboration needed to make a multimedia newsroom work,” Sciacca said.

Berry previously worked as the manager of web content for WFXT FOX25 and was a sports producer and writer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com. He has served as BABJ’s vice president since 2010.

Berry’s appointment comes eight months after the Herald angered community leaders over a cartoon some considered racist, writes Richard Prince in his Journal-isms column.

From Prince’s column:

“The Herald met with the Boston chapter of the NAACP after the cartoon controversy. Chapter President Michael Curry told Journal-isms by email , “That meeting led to more frequent conversations with the Herald leadership, who expressed an interest in identifying candidates of color for openings in order to broaden their pool of applicants.

” “The Boston NAACP, and likely others, responded by offering super-talented journalists of color from across the nation, who would make good additions to the Herald staff. I’m hopeful that Zuri is just the first of many to come…”

“Sciacca did not respond to a request for comment. Gary Washburn, president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists, said the Herald did not approach him about a candidate.”

Michelle Johnson, BU student staff honored by ONA

Boston University professor Michelle Johnson and the staff of the student-run BU News Service were honored by the Online News Association last week for both breaking news and for the category of student projects in their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

From the ONA: “Coverage of disasters dominated the Breaking News categories, with the Boston University News Service and Boston.com/ Boston Globe winning for its continuing reporting on the city’s marathon bombing …”

Read the full release: http://journalists.org/2013/10/19/guardian-boston-globe-axisphilly-texas-tribune-take-home-2013-online-journalism-awards/

You can find BU’s coverage linked here: http://bunewsservice.com/triumph-and-terror-the-boston-marathon-bombings/

This has been a banner year for Professor Johnson, who was also named educator of the year by NABJ.

Please join me in congratulating Michelle on another accomplishment in what is becoming an illustrious career in higher education.

Ebony Reed joins New England Society of Newspaper Editors board

From the Bay State Banner: Ebony Reed, assistant chief of Bureau New England for the Associated Press, recently joined the New England Society of Newspaper Editors board and received an Image Award from the NAACP Boston branch.

“I feel honored to have received an Image Award from the Boston NAACP and I’m excited about the work that the New England Society of Newspaper Editors does,” Reed told the Banner.

“I feel blessed that my parents were able to travel from Detroit for the Boston NAACP honor. That night meant a lot to them, too.”

In June 2010, Reed, 35, joined the Associated Press in Boston. She focuses on business development for AP, the largest global news organization.

Read the rest of the story on the Banner’s website.

Congratulations Ebony. It’s always good to see our members continue to be recognized for their outstanding work and commitment to our field. And a belated congrats on the NAACP image award.