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Rochester Black Journalists Group to Honor Two at Gala Event

By Staff

rabjgalaThe Rochester Association of Black Journalists will honor two people for their dedication and contributions to the field of journalism and communications at its “Salute to Excellence ” Gala, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the historic Perkins Mansion on East Ave. in Rochester.

The honorees are:

  • Cynthia L. Benjamin, community content editor with the Democrat and Chronicle;
  • and Rodney A. Young, a photographer who, on his own time, has chronicled many events in the black community over the years, the organization said. He is senior relationship manager and coordinator of the African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP) for United Way of Greater Rochester, Inc.

“We are proud to honor  Cynthia Benjamin and Rodney Young this year,” Richard McCollough, RABJ president, stated. “Both have demonstrated excellence in their field, and serve as good role models in the Rochester community.”

During the gala, RABJ will also present special community service certificates to Jackie Campbell, longtime administrator with the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services, recently named alliance director for ROC the Future; and Kareem Hayes, business owner, education consultant, and currently manager of youth employment services for the City of Rochester.

Proceeds from the gala will go to the RABJ’s Wyoma Best Scholarship Fund for Journalists, which is named for a pioneering African-American television journalist.

Past RABJ “Salute to Excellence” award recipients include Janet Lomax, news anchor at WHEC-TV, and  Andrew Langston, founder of WDKX-FM radio station

RABJ is also an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists.

“I am proud to support the great work being done by the Rochester Association of Black Journalists,”  Sarah Glover, NABJ national president, said in a statement. “This affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists has taken the organization’s mission to the next level with its work to support students, and develop the next generation of journalists. I applaud RABJ for making a difference in the lives of Rochester’s young people.”