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Morgan State Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Reporting on Black Life

Honoree Will Receive Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence

BALTIMORE - Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) will present its 2017 Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence on Sept. 21, 2017, 12 to 2 p.m., during a ceremony at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C. The Medal honors outstanding print, broadcast or online reporting on an issue or issues of significant importance to and impact on black life in America. The honoree will receive a medallion and a $10,000 prize for work that was published or broadcast between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 

Nominations should come from an individual or organization directly affected by the reporting cited for the award. The recipient and nominator will be invited to the award ceremony.
To nominate a deserving journalist for consideration for the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence, please submit:

1. A letter of nomination citing the importance and impact of the journalist's work
2. A copy of the nominated work (print or video), including the name of the news outlet that published or broadcast the work and the date of publication or broadcast 

"We are looking for the journalists who are at the forefront in telling stories about black life in America. We are looking for journalists who are reporting on the critical issues that are so often overlooked by mainstream media," said DeWayne Wickham, SGJC's dean.

Named for the late Vernon Jarrett, a pioneering African-American columnist, the award is given annually to a deserving journalist. Jarrett wrote for the Chicago Defender, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. In the late 1940s, he partnered with composer Oscar Brow Jr. to produce "Negro Newsfront," the first radio news broadcast in the United States created by African Americans. He also founded NAACP's ACT-SO program, which encourages academic excellence among black youth, and he is a founding member and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Previous Vernon Jarrett Medal winners include Kirsten West Savali, a writer, cultural critic and associate editor of The Root (2016), and Stacey Patton, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the SGJC (2015). Before joining SGJC, Dr. Patton was a reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nominations should be submitted by Aug. 31, 2017 to:
Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence
School of Global Journalism and Communication
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

The Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalist Excellence is funded by a grant from the Open Society Foundation.

Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication, created in July 2013, is led by Founding Dean DeWayne Wickham, a former columnist for USA TODAY and a cofounder and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. The school is dedicated to giving voice to people who struggle to contribute to the public discourse that shapes the nation and the world through innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and exemplary service to Maryland, the nation and the world. The school seeks to instill students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to become effective communicators and to add to the diversity of thought in the media.