WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2017) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce Gino Terrell as its 2017 Student Journalist of the Year. The award is presented to a college student who has excelled within the field of journalism.
“NABJ is proud to recognize Gino Terrell as an exemplary student journalist as he showed commitment to the craft by personally funding a much-needed student news publication,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ President. “Gino forged a path for students to have a journalistic voice on his campus when there was none. It’s noteworthy that although a young man, Gino joins professional NABJ members across the nation working for press freedom and journalistic rights. NABJ is pleased that Gino has taken a stand at such a young age. He’s a role model for other students.”
Terrell graduated with his bachelor’s degree in communications from Hamline University in May 2016. While in school, Terrell was the founder and editor-in-chief of Pipers In-Depth, a student-run magazine. Hamline’s student media board initially didn’t fund the magazine, so Terrell funded the first issue with his own money. The magazine would go on to eventually be funded by the school in 2016 and placed fourth at the 2016 Associated Collegiate Press Best of Midwest Newspaper Convention in the “Best Four-year Less Than Weekly Newspaper” category. Pipers In-Depth continues to publish after Terrell’s departure from the school.
“First off, all the glory to God as 2016 was a great year for me as a student journalist,” Terrell said in a statement. “Starting a campus magazine that truly reflected diversity on campus was a passion project of mine and to be honored with the most prestigious honor in my journalism career from the National Association of Black Journalists is very humbling.”
A former Ridgway Forum Fellow, Terrell is a 32-time journalism award honoree and 14-time winner on a university, state, regional and national level. He was the sports editor at The Oracle for three years and still found time to juggle his schoolwork and intern at American Public Media Group, KSTP-TV and AdoptAClassroom.org. In addition, Terrell was a reporter and theater critic at Twin Cities Daily Planet as a student. After graduation, Terrell interned for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Thomson Reuters.
“When it comes to telling stories that affect my community, I’m fortunate that NABJ as an organization recognizes efforts of black journalists who do it well. And to be honored by a high-class organization in NABJ with an honor of this magnitude, joining a select group of students who won this very same honor is surreal. Thank you NABJ. Words can’t express how much this means to me.”
Terrell will be honored at the 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans. Register here.
About the National Association of Black Journalists: An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.