HAMPTON, Va. (November 15, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has just announced that Kyla Wright, Hampton University senior, journalism major, is one of five recipients of the 2018 NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China Scholarship.
The trip honors Les Payne, NABJ founder and fourth president, for his revolutionary work to encourage foreign reporting experiences. Wright is one of five recipients of the scholarship and will receive an all-expense paid trip, will join the NABJ delegation to China from Nov. 24 - Dec. 2 to expand NABJ's work abroad, encourage and fuel foreign reporting, heighten NABJ's visibility as a major media player, and exchange ideas, best practices and journalistic trends.
NABJ received a strong pool of candidates, and each submission was evaluated based on the quality of the submission, strength of the recommendations, uniqueness of the presentation and a compelling argument about why they should be selected.
"The NABJ is proud of the students selected to participate in the NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China. We look forward to the stories that Christiana, Shannon, Shayla, Belynda and Kyla will produce in China, and to their continued success," said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
Wright is a senior journalism major, sociology minor at Hampton University and is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She has her own blog and YouTube channel where she discusses topics from entertainment, current events and college life. She recently completed the ESPN Rhoden Fellowship. Wright will be graduating magma cum laude in May and hopes to attend graduate school at Columbia or Texas Southern University.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy to have been selected as a student journalist on this trip,” said Kyla Wright, journalism major, senior at Hampton University. “Being allowed the opportunity to follow the legacy that Les Payne left gives me some big shoes to fill as a journalist, and I’m prepared to do just that. When I met Les Payne in the summer of 2017, he told myself and my fellow ESPN interns that we were already on a path to greatness and I plan on keeping that momentum and making Mr. Payne proud.”
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.