Eric Burse named NABJ’s Student Journalist of the Year

The National Association of Black Journalists announced Monday that Eric Burse (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, ’13) won its student journalist of the year award, making Burse the second consecutive USC Annenberg student to win the national prize.

Recent alumna Ashley Williams, then a senior, won the award last year.

“NABJ is extremely proud to honor Eric with this award. He is an impressive young man with a proven passion for journalism. His resume speaks for itself. He is certainly deserving of this honor,” NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said in a press release.

Burse has worked at the Daily Trojan, Annenberg TV News and Trojan Vision. He is an intern at NBC Universal.

“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. “I look forward to supporting NABJ just as much as the organization has supported me through high school and college.”

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said he is delighted that one of USC Annenberg’s own best students has been selected for this prestigious award.

“On the heels of the welcome recognition of our many diversity initiatives by the AEJMC, I am proud that our school is educating the best and the brightest from communities of color,” Dean Wilson said. “This must be a central element of who we are as journalists in the 21st century.”

NABJ Press Release