A former journalism educator who returned to the newspaper business is the 10th winner of the Ida B. Wells Award, based at Kansas University, for exemplary achievement in the hiring and advancement of minorities in the news media.
Jay T. Harris, whose more-than-20-year career includes stints as reporter, educator, editor and corporate executive, received the honor Thursday during a luncheon ceremony at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalism. He is a vice president of Knight-Ridder Co. and was assistant dean at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Harris delivered the annual Wells Award address at the convention.
Scholarships in his honor will go to help train minority journalists.
The award consists of a large bust of Ida B. Wells Barnett, pioneer black publisher and anti-lynching crusader during the late 19th and early 20th century. The annual presentation rotates among the conventions of three sponsoring professional associations, including the National Conference of Editorial Writers and the National Broadcast Editorial Assn., which merged this year.
Wells jury President Angela Owens, editorial director of WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., said the bust Harris will receive will have a plaque inscribed with the findings that made him the winner. The bust was created by KU sculptor Elden C. Tefft.