Dr. Sybril Brown Honored as Journalism Educator of the Year
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) recently announced the selection of Dr. Sybril Brown, professor of journalism at Belmont University, as the association’s 2015 Journalism Educator of the Year. The award recognizes the service, commitment and academic guidance of an outstanding journalism teacher, professor or educator who has helped increase the number of black journalists in newsrooms.
Also an award-winning journalist, Dr. Brown, affectionately known as Dr. Syb, started her tenure at Belmont in 2003 as the Executive Director of the New Century Journalism program and helped to raise more than $200,000 in grant funding. In 2012, she was a finalist for the Virginia Chaney Teaching Award, Belmont’s highest honor recognizing teaching excellence. She is a Vanderbilt-educated, Harvard-trained, two-time Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist, author, international speaker and presenter.
Dr. Syb has given numerous presentations on digital journalism, including a TEDx talk tied to her book, Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad. The book asserts and explains how the Underground Railroad and the Internet are among America’s most effective, innovative and disruptive networks. Among the first 1,500 journalists and educators across the country who served as Google Glass Explorers, she incorporated her Google Glass into her Digital Citizenship class.
Brown said, “I am humbled, honored and just beyond excited to be named the NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year. You really don’t serve to be recognized. You serve because that’s what we are called to do. When people take the time to give you an award, you take a minute to reflect and to say thank you, then you get back to the business at hand… service.”