KDMC Fellow Named NABJ's Emerging Journalist of the Year
Michael J. Feeney of the New York Daily News, who was a December 2007 Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop fellow, was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Feeney will be in distinguished company when he receives his honors during the NABJ's national convention in San Diego. Other notable African-American journalists who will also be recognized by NABJ this year include Soledad O'Brien of CNN, Paul Delaney, a long-time New York Times foreign correspondent and national editor now teaching at Syracuse, and Michelle Singletary, a Washington Post syndicated personal finance columnist.
“Michael represents where journalism is and where it’s going. He has covered multiple beats in print and lives in a multimedia world. His fresh energy and eagerness to learn are the perfect ingredients for an emerging journalist,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times in the announcement of his selection.
Feeney was a police reporter for The Record (of Bergen County, NJ) when he participated in the KDMC workshop. He put the skills learned in the workshop to immediate use creating audio slide shows and producing video news stories. About a month later, Feeney became the Record's first ever breaking news reporter for the Web, writing news and producing multimedia packages. He joined the editorial staff of the Daily News last year.