Black journalists award conference scholarships

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists is awarding five scholarships to students and a professional member of the organization to attend the 40th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis, August 5-9.
LSU students Cecil Rucker and Amber Smith, Baton Rouge Community College student Kara St. Cyr, Southern University Student Raquel Sims, and WBRZ producer Cheryl Stroy will receive scholarships to cover all or portions of convention registration, airfare, and hotel.  The scholarships total more than $7,000.
As part of the convention, the recipients will have an opportunity to meet thousands of journalists from across the country, hundreds of potential employers, and attend a host of educational workshops to better prepare them for a career in the media or a media-related field.
“I am looking forward to everything that this trip has to offer,” said Sims, a senior at Southern University. 
“I know it’ll be an amazing experience that will give me a chance to network with some of the best journalists in the world,” said Rucker, a sophomore at LSU.
“I look forward to networking with other journalism professionals and refreshing my skills to help advance my career,” said Stroy, morning producer at WBRZ.
The scholarships are being funded by money raised at our third annual Scholarship luncheon held in April. Since 2013, BRAABJ has awarded more than $40,000 to 11 scholarship recipients which includes this year’s recipients.
“The convention is a life changing experience for students and we’re so glad to be able to provide this opportunity for them,” said BRAABJ president Michelle McCalope who has attended the convention for more than 15 years. “We’re also excited to send our member Cheryl to the convention as part of our mission to support and promote professional development.”
BRAABJ is made up local media and media-related professionals. Its mission is to promote and support journalists of color, provide scholarships to aspiring journalists, and promote diversity. It is an affiliate of NABJ.

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