The National Association of Black Journalists has named NBC News as the 2010 winner of its Best Practices Award, an honor bestowed on the journalism operation that both excels at covering news of interest to the African-American community, and promotes diversity within the leadership structure of its own organization.
In addition, NBC EVP/Diversity for NBC Universal Paula Madison will receive the NABJ Legacy Award, given to “a pioneering black print, broadcast or photojournalist of extraordinary accomplishment who has broken barriers and blazed trails.
NABJ noted that this is nothing new at NBC News. “NBC News and its owned and operated stations nationwide have done tremendous work promoting diversity in its management positions as well as in its coverage. NABJ has championed such issues in news for 35 years,” said NABJ President Kathy Times.
NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Bob Butler added, “The numbers speak for themselves. According to NABJ’s annual survey of broadcast news management, NBC News contains the most African-American Vice Presidents, General Managers, News Directors, Senior and Executive Producers vice presidents, general managers, news directors, senior and executive producers than any broadcast or cable network in the country.”