WABJ Celebrates UJW Class of 2023, Presents New Korie D. Rose Award

Fourteen local high school students graduated earlier this month from our annual eight-week long Urban Journalism Workshop (UJW).

WABJ thank program co-coordinators Denise Douglas and Phil Lewis, and our amazing team of mentors and volunteers for guiding the students and making this year’s session a success. And many thanks to our generous sponsors and partners—The Gannett Foundation, the Washington Informer and American University—for their continued support.

Programming Note: Stay tuned for a special newsletter next month that highlights work produced by the students.

Frederick Douglass Student Receives Inaugural
Korie D. Rose Award for Excellence

WABJ President Khorri Atkinson presented the inaugural Korie D. Rose Award for Excellence to Sheridan Lee, a sophomore at Frederick Douglass High School, during the UJW closing program at American University.

Rose, who passed away earlier this year, participated in our UJW program several years ago and came back each year to mentor students.

The WABJ Executive Board created this award to honor his contributions to the organization, and annually recognize a standout UJW student who demonstrates a commitment to excellence and shows a promising future in the journalism profession. Rose’s parents were also in attendance to congratulate Lee.

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Founded in 1975, the Washington Association of Black Journalists is an organization of Black journalists, journalism professors, public relations professionals and student journalists in the D.C., metro area. WABJ provides members with ongoing professional education opportunities and advocates for greater diversification of the profession.