former journalists discuss a profession in crisis

Wayne Dawkins

Wayne Dawkins had done everything right.  He’d gone to the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, mastered prose writing, and worked his way up the ladder, reporting and editing.  In 1993, his book, The NABJ Story, A History of the National Association of Black Journalists, was published.  He rose to associate editor at The Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  But his bosses weren’t pleased with him, and the atmosphere at his paper was killing his spirit. With his future in journalism in doubt, Dawkins decided to jump ship and find a new purpose.  He now prepares the next generation of African-American journalists.

read an interview with Mr. Dawkins by The History Makers

read his bio at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism

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