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The South Florida Black Journalists Association Host Reception To
Honor Scholarship Winners and Industry Leaders
MIAMI - Five student achievers will receive honors and
three industry titans will share their stories at the 2012 South
Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA) Scholarship Reception
on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. at Florida International
University's Biscayne Bay Campus.
The public is invited to share the afternoon celebrating scholastic
achievement, excellence in journalism and community leadership at
the event to be held in the Wolfe University Ballroom at FIU's North
Miami location, 3000 NE 151 Street.
SFBJA will award the Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship to
Adrianne Richardson, a 2012 graduate of William H. Turner Technical
Arts High School in Miami-Dade County. She currently is enrolled at
FIU. Rochelle Bridges was a two-time, Emmy Award-winning anchor at
WSVN-Channel 7 who passed away in 1997. She served as president of
SFBJA from 1993 to 1995.
Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship recipients include Monica Herndon from
the University of Miami, Viera Galloway, and Melonne Mack, both from
Florida Memorial University. The award is in honor of Dwight
Lauderdale, who retired in 2008 after more than three decades as a
reporter and most prominently an anchor at WPLG-Channel 10. The
scholarship is open to students attending college in South Florida
who are pursuing degrees in journalism.
Also being honored will be Katrina Lowe, who earlier this year
received SFBJA’s endowed scholarship reserved for students at FIU.
“The scholarship reception is one of our most important events
because it spotlights our aspiring journalists,” said SFBJA
President Terence Shepherd. “And, SFBJA works hard to support
students who seek a career in our industry. We are also pleased to
have three outstanding media professionals sharing their stories at
The keynote speaker will be Robert G. Beatty, the publisher of the
South Florida Times and former general counsel of The Miami Herald.
Gregory H. Lee Jr., 19th President of the National Association of
Black Journalists and recently appointed Executive Sports Editor at
the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and Dr. Raul Reis, Dean of FIU's
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, also will be guest
The reception includes appetizers,
and a silent auction.
Networking begins at 3 p.m.;
the program starts at 4 p.m.
The cost is $25 for SFBJA members;
$35 for nonmembers;
and $15 for full-time students.
Parking is free.
RSVP by Monday, Oct. 22, to Sasheika Tomlinson at