Claudia Balthazar, a May 2014 graduate of the journalism program in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has been named a Student Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
The annual award honors the best black college journalists in the country who demonstrate excellence in the field of journalism.
Earlier this year, Balthazar was selected to participate in the national News21 investigative journalism fellowship from the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism. She is the first student from Hofstra to be accepted to the 10-week summer program, in which she and 20 other top journalism students from around the country will produce multimedia stories on issues of gun control and Second Amendment rights. Balthazar is also conducting her own independent study on gun issues in Hempstead, the community surrounding the Hofstra campus.
In addition, Balthazar was president of the Hofstra University Association of Black Journalists, which under her leadership became an affiliate student chapter of the NABJ last year. She was also the recipient of the 2013 Fox News Channel University/Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship and the 2013 New York Women in Communications Scholarship, and a contributing writer for numerous campus publications. She has served as the NABJ’s Region 1 student representative and participated in its 2013 Student Multimedia Project.
Balthazar will be honored at a gala on August 2 during the NABJ’s 39th annual convention in Boston. Along with Balthazar, Averi Harper, an alumna of Columbia University’s graduate program in journalism, was also named a NABJ Student Journalist of the Year.
The NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational and career support.