The Temple Association of Black Journalists (TABJ) is one of three undergraduate chapters selected as a finalist for 2013’s Student Chapter of the Year Award.
TABJ’s mission, “Learn. Network. Succeed,” is incorporated into everything it does.
“We aim to provide an opportunity for the students, making sure we put our members and our students next to the professionals who are already working in the industry,” says TABJ President Haniyyah Sharpe.
In 2012, TABJ stepped up its involvements on campus, in the community and in industry.
“We have a relationship with Chosen 300, which is a homeless ministry in Philadelphia, where we volunteer on a consistent basis,” Sharpe says. The founder of the ministry is a Temple University alum.
“We did several networking events where we tried to make sure we collaborated with the parent chapter PABJ (Philadelphia),” she recalls.
But Sharpe says her greatest joy as TABJ’s leader is success of its members. “A lot of the students will come back and say they learned something from one of our programs or they got an internship as a result of networking with someone from our program.”
The other finalists are Carolina Association of Black Journalists at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and National Association of Black Journalists Syracuse University Chapter. The winner will be announced at NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, Fla. Each student chapter has excelled in serving NABJ, their collegiate communities and their members, with unique activities and programs. Their accomplishments demonstrate strong leadership, which help set an example for other student chapters. NABJ bases its Student Chapter of the Year Award on accomplishments and activities during the eligibility period.