Saturday, April 22, 2017

FAMU grad selected as NABJ national secretary

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced that Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alumna Cheryl Smith, is the new national secretary.

A former NABJ Region VII director, Smith was recently appointed to the office by the organization’s president, Sarah Glover.

“I’m excited to welcome Cheryl Smith to the NABJ board team. Her years of experience serving NABJ on the national and chapter level are noteworthy. She brings a strong passion for NABJ service to the national board once again,” Glover said.

An award-winning reporter, Smith currently works for The Texas Metro News and The Garland Journal. She has also been an editor, columnist and staff writer for The Dallas Weekly.  Smith is also the publisher and editor of the IMessenger News Group, a multi-platform news organization that consists of two print newspapers, one digital news magazine, an online radio show and a television program.

She is especially proud of her work with the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop, where she has made an impact on aspiring journalists from middle school to age 55.

Smith previously served two terms as NABJ Regional VII director.  She is also president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists.

“I am excited about the opportunity to once again serve NABJ at the national level. This is a critical time when the successful execution of NABJ’s strategic plan is necessary and the industry is rapidly evolving,” Smith said.

The organization’s former Secretary Sherlon Christie stepped down for family reasons.

“I wish outgoing NABJ Secretary Sherlon Christie well.  He is a longtime supportive member and strong leader. I hope to see him on the NABJ board again in the future,” Glover said.

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