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BW Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson Wins Center For Community Media 2021 City Elections Reporting Fellowship

The fellowship is part of the 2021 City Elections Initiative, started by the Center for Community Media to support community media in deepening and expanding their coverage of local and citywide elections

The Center for Community Media announced the 30 recipients of the 2021 Elections Reporting Fellowship, Wednesday, March 3rd. Black Westchester Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson and Westchester Hispano Publisher María del Carmen Amado, were among the recipients of the prestigious award.

Writing in nine languages and covering more than 15 communities – including African, Arab, Bangladeshi, Black, Caribbean, Chinese, Filipino, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Jewish, Korean, Latino, Nepalese, Pakistani and Russian – the group reports on communities across the tri-state region, from Bushwick to Parkchester, and Brooklyn to Westchester, as well other areas across the globe.

Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Baskerville and AJ Woodson [Black Westchester]

Black Westchester (BW) Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson joined a select group of community journalist from the New York City area who were awarded the Center for Community Media’s 2021 City Election Reporting Fellowship, it was announced earlier today. An arm of the City University Graduate Center’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, the CCM provides a host of services designed to support media outlets that concentrate their coverage on local issues frequently overlooked by today’s highly corporatized, profit-driven media industry.

“I am honored to have been selected as one of the fellowship recipients,” Woodson shared. “It is a testament of the hard work we have put in to be recognized as a serious community media outlet. It is definitely a good look for the Black Westchester brand.”

Part of a dynamic duo that includes BW Publisher Damon K. Jones, Woodson and Jones launched Black Westchester in June 2014 in the hoping of filling the lacuna that opened after consolidation and downsizing forced some of the County’s bigger, better-known media outlets to slash coverage of the needs and concerns of Westchester’s 100,000+ African-American residents.

“I’m real proud of AJ,” Jones remarked, after getting word of the award. “It’s a good look for him as a writer and an editor. He’s worked hard over the years to establish himself as a serious journalist.”

BW Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson & Publisher Damon K. Jones [Black Westchester]

Despite working on a shoe-string budget, since its launch Woodson alone has published over 2,500 articles, covering a variety of topics that would’ve otherwise gone unreported. The fellowship is the latest in a several awards that have been bestowed on the BW team in the past year, which includes their selection to City & State New York Magazine’s Westchester Power 100, and an Local Media Digital Innovation Award for community journalism from the Local Media Association.

Thanks to the support of the Fellowship, in the coming months Woodson will be able to expand his reporting beyond the borders of Westchester County, with plans to focus on the NYC 2021 election, dealing with issues residents in nearby Bronx neighborhoods are facing.

The CCM states the fellowship is part of the 2021 City Elections Initiative, started by the Center for Community Media to support community media in deepening and expanding their coverage of local and citywide elections, and connect community-based publishers with prospective advertisers in political campaigns, city government agencies, and voter education campaigns.

Woodson’s selection for the fellowship is just one part of the overall mission of CCM, which provides a host of support services to media outlets that concentrate of communities that are frequently overlooked by today’s highly corporatized, profit-driven media industry.

Black Westchester’s People Before Politics Radio Crew Lorraine Lopez, AJ Woodson, Damon K. Jones and Robert ‘Dr Bob’ Baskerville [Black Westchester]

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About Robert Baskerville Ph,D. (15 Articles)
Born during the long hot summers of the 1960s, Dr. Baskerville life's ambition is to help the up-and-coming activists, organizers and political leaders from the post-civil rights generation to recast the spirit of scholarship and activism that powered the 20th century Black Freedom struggle here in the United States into forms of struggle better suited to the complex social terrain of the Information Age. The recipient of a Ph.D. in sociology from The Graduate Center of CUNY, for the past two decades he has served as a professor of sociology at several public and private colleges in the New York City area, instructing students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the philosophies, theories and research techniques that underpin the social sciences. His scholarship focuses on two principal areas of research: the intersection between race, education and social inequality, and the socio-historical dynamics by which integrationism became the dominat political philosophy of the 20th Century Black Freedom Movement. Raised in the city of Mount Vernon, where he's affectionately known as "Brooklyn Bob," after a brief stint spent dealing drugs on the streets of the city's Southside, Baskerville began his career as an activist and organizers while he was a student at Bronx Community College (BCC). After helping to lead the CUNY student strike of 1991 at BCC, he went to serve in a number of activist formation, the most notable of which was the Black Radical Congress. More recently, Baskerville has been part of a loose coalition of activists and organizers who have undertaken several projects for civic empowerment in the city, including the 1,000 Man March, several Women's Empowerment Expo.
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