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UVI Communication Students Travel to Las Vegas for Major Journalism Convention

The University of the Virgin Islands Association of Black Journalists (UVIABJ) voted to send four executive board student members to the prestigious National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 3-7, 2022. Nadege Barber (President), Michael Bell (Vice President), George Francis (Undergraduate Advisor), and Carlos Eton (Interim Treasurer) will represent UVI at the convention that hosts more than 4,000 top journalists, media professionals and students for week-long activities that include educational workshops, networking opportunities and a career fair. The UVI representatives were selected based on their service and demonstrated commitment to the UVIABJ chapter, and each representative was also nominated to receive awards in various categories.  

“It's exciting to have the opportunity to represent UVIABJ alongside the other members,” said Barber, a senior at UVI. “Being able to attend the conference in person this year makes me happy and grateful. I am happy to share that we are also NABJ 2022 student nominees! Shoutout to the team for their tireless efforts invested.”  

George Francis, a 2022 UVI graduate who now serves as an undergraduate advisor said, “Being a part of UVIABJ gives students opportunities to foster and develop their creative skills and talents. This organization challenges and allows its members to gain first-hand experience in print and broadcast journalism, media production, event planning, and photography. Being eligible to participate in the annual NABJ convention is another great benefit.” 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website-www.uvi.edu/ - and from this direct link