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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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The beginning of the spring semester saw the return of the Rutgers chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, a campus organization that folded in 2009 after suffering from a lack of involvement.
The Rutgers University Student Assembly approved the NABJ chapter as an official organization in January. Since that point, the organization has been focused on achieving the prolonged success that the previous chapters lacked.
“They were going for a good year or two, and they’ve had spurts where they’ll go for a couple years,” said Justin Hockaday, Vice-President of the new chapter of NABJ. “What happens is they have all older kids that start it, and it’s going strong, but then when they graduated, they didn’t have enough younger kids, enough freshmen, enough sophomores to keep it going.”
Hockaday himself is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Media Studies and Spanish. As a major member of the editorial board, he hopes to continue the group after other founding members have graduated.
Christopher Etienne, a junior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies and Africana Studies, has taken on the role of revitalizing the organization as its new president after Kevin Ewell, assistant dean for student services at the School of Communication and Information, approached him with the idea.
Some of the goals Etienne has set include marketing the organization through social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and helping the group’s members build journalism portfolios.
“The goal of our organization is just to give aspiring journalists somewhat of a field experience before they actually make that transition into their profession. The organization provides various different scholarships. There are a lot of networking opportunities,” Etienne said.
NABJ is offering the Allison E. Fisher Scholarship, the Carol Simpson Scholarship, a Visual Task Force Scholarship, and an NABJ Scholarship. They have also made deals with magazine like Hycide and Nexup Magazine, which are based out of Newark, New Jersey. The magazines will pass along assignments to the NABJ chapter and the group will select students based on merit to complete the task.
This fulfills one Etienne’s main goals for the organization: allowing students to gain work they can present to potential internships and employers.
Etienne has already published an article after working with Hycide Magazine.
“I want to show people the fun side of journalism. How going out and doing interviews can be fun and to get out there,” Etienne said.
With a Rutgers chapter of NABJ forming once again, the organization hopes to enable potential journalists of color to gain the experience needed to branch out into the field and help fill a minority gap in the newsroom.
A 2013 census conducted by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research looked at hiring practices at nearly 1,000 daily American newspapers in the U.S. The study found that about 4,700, or 12.37 percent, of 38,000 employees surveyed identify as racial minorities.
This number has remained stagnant in recent years, and a continuation of this trend would mean the ASNE would fall short of its projected 2025 goal to have the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide to reflect the percentage of minorities in the nation’s population. Minorities also make up just 20% of supervisors in the newsroom, according to the study.
The ASNE has also reported a steady decline in minorities at internships. At 26% in 2013, the statistic has dropped significantly from the nearly 40% level reached in the 1990s.
“I feel like there’s not another organization like this on campus which reaches out to journalists of color,” Hockaday said.
The group held its first official meeting Tuesday night in the Douglass Campus. Center.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The NABJ Promo Post!

Welcome to the News Room!
Come to our fist Official Meeting
Tuesday February, 25 9:00 PM!!!
DCC Meeting Room B
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Come to our fist Official Meeting
Tuesday February, 25 9:00 PM!!!
DCC Meeting Room B
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The NABJ , Rutgers Chapter is officially live on blogger and covering events outside of Rutgers University. This Student Organization that has been abandoned for years was recently brought back into fruition by a collective of Rutgers University Students. Welcome to the NABJ news feed here on where our team will cover events, and publish articles for the NABJ Rutgers Chapter.

The 2014 Harlem Arts Expo 
 In Correlation with NXUP Magazine, one of our primary contacts for press coverage, 
we were invited to the Harlem Arts Expo in New York City. We were able to shoot 
interviews with several up and coming artists at the show, some of which are given highlights in our 
2014 promotional video. The Harlem Arts Expo is only one of the many Venues NABJ will be invited to in the future. If you are a Journalism Major at Rutgers University, or if you are just interested in covering 
fine arts expos, please contact us. We look forward to the interaction. 

Hycide Magazine Golden Triangle Celebration

February 15, 2012

Writer: Christopher Etienne

Crowds and cameras spread throughout the Ajirah art center, in Newark NJ for Hycide Magazine's Second Annual Golden Triangle Celebration commemorating the magazine's second year anniversary.

Akintola Hanif, Editor in Chief of Hycide Magazine, was one of the honorary guests present for the occasion.

Hanif claims that the goal of his urban photography magazine is to show the broader aspects of his community while promoting the observation of urban lifestyles through a less biased, and stereotypical lens.

“I’m just trying to paint a well rounded picture that reflects the dichotomy and duality that exist within all people…I'm trying to hold up a mirror and get people to see the things that they ignore”

The white setup accompanied alongside captivating photography and artwork represented the urban style of Hycide Magazine.

Hanif also said, “I think that people need to look past stigmas and statistics... the only way we can see this is if you get to know people. You can't see that by...hearing it off the news stories... I just want people to see the similarities in strangers that they see in themselves"

Raymond Cheley, a fellow journalist and attendee at the art show stated, “When an event like this happens every one should be posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook, sharing and talking about it… if people know that this exists, they could generate some positive interest despite all of the negative connotations attached to inner-city areas like Newark.”

Mr. Cheley continued, signifying the importance of this event and magazine, “this is a magazine geared toward what people in society consider negative. A magazine that goes into the "slums," the "hoods," goes into the negative areas, and finds beauty there. The spirit of that message is at this show".

As the show came to a close Akintola Hanif and members of his team, The Golden Triangle, represented themselves as a refreshing group of photographers with a clear focus; to properly represent the misrepresented in today's society from areas such as India, Philadelphia, Newark, New York, etc. and to tell their stories through a professional artistic lens.