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ESPN Co-Host Absent from Airwaves After Ugly NABJ Incident

According to a Facebook comment relayed this morning by Journal-isms columnist Richard Prince, most of those attending an NABJ convention party last Friday night at the House of Blues in Orlando “had no clue” that former NFL player Hugh Douglas went crazy on his ESPN2 co-host Michael Smith. But thanks to weekend coverage of the alcohol-fueled scuffle by thebiglead.com’s Jason McIntyre and all sorts of subsequent media pick-up, it could cost Douglas dearly.

As noted by awfulannouncing.com, Douglas has been absent this week from his daily ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie alongside Smith and third co-host Jemele Hill. From McIntyre’s follow-up item:

After the third [House of Blues party] threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up.

Three independent sources have verified this version of events.

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Eric Burse Named NABJ Student Journo of the Year

University of Southern California student Eric Burse was named the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Student of the Year and will be honored at NABJ’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans on June 23.

Burse is studying broadcast and digital journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism along with political science. He’s worked at the Daily Trojan as a photographer and entertainment reporter and at Annenberg’s TV station as a studio technician, assignment desk editor and on-air multimedia journalist.

“I am extremely honored to receive the NABJ Student Journalist of the Year recognition. This award means a great deal to me – far more than I can express. I share this award with other student journalists who are working just as hard as I am to achieve success in an industry we all look forward to joining,” Burse said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting NABJ just as much as the organization has supported me to through high school and college.”

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Gerrick Kennedy Named NABJ Emerging Journo

Los Angeles Times reporter Gerrick Kennedy was selected as the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Emerging Journalist of the Year Award. He will be honored at NABJ’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans on June 23.

Kennedy, who covers music for the paper, started at the LAT in 2009 as part of the Metpro training program. The Ohio native graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and served as the editor, managing editor and Arts & Life editor of The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. As someone who has benefited from both NABJ’s Student Projects and the New York Times Student Institute it means a great deal to me that this organization and my peers value my work and have selected me for such an incredible honor,” Kennedy said in a statement.