UVI Association of Black Journalists Sending 4 to National Convention

Nadege Barber
Nadege Barber (Submitted photo)

The University of the Virgin Islands Association of Black Journalists has voted to send four executive board student members to the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 3-7. 

Michael Bell
Michael Bell (Submitted photo)

Nadege Barber (president), Michael Bell (vice president), George Francis (undergraduate  advisor), and Carlos Eton (interim treasurer) will represent UVI in the NABJ convention that hosts more than 4,000 students, practicing journalists, and industry professionals in print,  broadcast radio, and television, the association announced in a press release.

George Francis
George Francis (Submitted photo)

Based on their service and demonstrated commitment to the UVIABJ chapter, the team was selected to attend workshops, seminars and lectures, the release stated. Each representative was also nominated to receive awards in various categories.  

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to represent UVIABJ alongside the other members,” said Barber. “Being able to attend the conference in person this year makes me happy and  grateful. I am happy to share that we are also NABJ 2022 student nominees! Shoutout to the team for their tireless efforts invested.” 

“Being a part of UVIABJ gives students opportunities to foster and develop their creative skills and talents,” said Francis. “This organization challenges and allows its members to gain first-hand experience in [print/broadcast] journalism, media production, event planning, and photography.”

Carlos Eton
Carlos Eton (Submitted photo)

Despite its short history, the UVIABJ has a prolific record of accomplishments that include a  record number of 10 awards at the 2022 Southern Regional Press Institute and first place  in the fall

2021 BlockChain competition sponsored by Fintech at Morgan State. UVIABJ was  also chosen “2022 Student Chapter of the Year” by the Student Engagement Committee at UVI, the release stated.  

“UVIABJ is truly an amazing chapter and continuously recieves administrative support from the university,” said Bell. “Sponsorships for UVIABJ 2022 conference participation were provided by the UVI President’s Office, the UVI Provost’s Office, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,” he said.

“I am extremely impressed with the overwhelming commitment and involvement of our sponsors,” said Eton. “This extraordinary level of support clearly demonstrates a desire to help UVI students reach their potential.”