Celebrating Excellence and Empowering the Next Generation: Nashville NABJ’s “Headliners and Heroes” Event

Nashville, TN – On Sunday, November 5, 2023, the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is set to host its signature event, “Headliners and Heroes,” an evening that promises not only to celebrate excellence in journalism and communications but also to empower the next generation of media professionals.

Honoring Excellence

“Headliners and Heroes” is a night of recognition and appreciation, honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of journalism and communications, as well as those in the community who have championed justice and service to others. It’s a moment to spotlight the trailblazers who have shaped the narrative and a chance to applaud those who continue to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.

This year’s event will feature two distinguished emcees: Vicki Yates, a retired NewsChannel 5 anchor whose career has left an indelible mark on Nashville’s media landscape, and Kenny Smoov, the vice president of Urban Formats for Cumulus Media, known for his influential role in shaping urban radio.

Supporting the Future

However, “Headliners and Heroes” is not just an awards ceremony; it’s a crucial fundraiser with a noble mission. The event provides scholarships for young individuals pursuing degrees in media professions, offering them the opportunity to nurture their talents and contribute to the ever-evolving world of journalism and communication.

The Nashville NABJ Chapter’s commitment extends beyond financial support. They also provide valuable mentoring and training opportunities through a network of professional communicators, ensuring that the next generation is well-equipped to thrive in their chosen fields.

The Event Details

The event will take place at the picturesque Lighthouse on the Lake, located at 133 Sanders Ferry Road in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The evening will kick off with a reception from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., setting the stage for an inspiring program that begins at 4:15 p.m.

Your Invitation

The Nashville NABJ Chapter extends an open invitation to the community to join them in celebrating excellence and supporting the next generation of media professionals. Your participation can make a significant difference, as the funds raised will directly contribute to scholarships for deserving and talented students pursuing degrees in communication.

Don’t miss out on an evening that combines recognition, inspiration, and a commitment to the future of journalism and communications.

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Disclaimer: Jason Luntz, co-owner and publisher of The Nashville Voice, and the President of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), contributed to this article. The opinions expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Nashville Voice or NABJ.

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