Workshop honored for efforts in promoting diversity in scholastic media programs

Two members of the Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop committee were in Washington in early August  to receive a national award honoring the program for its efforts in promoting diversity in journalism education.

Angie Baylock and program director Oscar Miller accepted the 2018 Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award on behalf of staff volunteers and Philadelphia Media Network.

From left, George L. Daniels, journalism professor at the University of Alabama, Angie Baylock, workshop committee member, and program director Oscar Miller at the awards luncheon.

The award was presented during the Trailblazers of Diversity luncheon at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications annual conference.

In his acceptance speech, Miller said the award “truly embodies Acel Moore – his life, his legacy and his efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in journalism.”

Workshop program director Oscar Miller.

Throughout his 42-year career at the Inquirer, Moore worked tirelessly with teachers and educators in the Philadelphia School District to promote journalism careers of students of color. In 1984, he founded a high school urban journalism workshop that bears his name.

“Acel indeed was a trailblazer and a giant in our industry,” Miller said. “He was a humanitarian and a man of goodwill who shared his time and largesse equally.  But above all, Acel was a visionary.”

Linda Shockley, managing editor of the Dow Jones News Fund, and Oscar Miller at an AEJMC seminar in Washington D.C.

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