Earlier today, The National Association of Black Journalists announced the finalists for NABJ Student Chapter of the year. I’m proud to say that my student organization, The Temple Association of Black Journalists, is one of the three finalist. We worked very hard this semester at Temple and are very excited about this great opportunity.

Read about us below and check out the other two chapters that are also finalists.

Learn. Network. Succeed. Those three words can be viewed not only as Temple Association of Black Journalists’ brand but also its motto.

“Usually most all of our events we try to incorporate our mission Learn.Network.Succeed,” explained TABJ’s president Haniyyah Sharpe, “We aim to provide an opportunity for the students, making sure we put our members and our students next to the professionals who are already working in the industry.”

In 2012, TABJ stepped up its involvements on campus, in the community, and industry.

“We have a relationship with Chosen 300, which is a homeless ministry in Philadelphia, where we volunteer there on a consistent basis,” Sharpe says. The founder of the ministry is a Temple University alum.

“We did several networking events where we tried to make sure we collaborated with the parent chapter PABJ (Philadelphia),” she recalled of their 11 or 12 programs hosted for the entire year. Thus, the chapter from the City of Brotherly Love is elated to be a finalist.

“It is icing on the cake.  It’s a blessing.”  But Sharpe says her greatest joy as TABJ’s leader is student’s success. “A lot of the students will come back and say they learned something from one of our programs or they got an internship as a result of networking with someone from our program.”

Check out the other finalists from the official announcement.