Eric Burse Named NABJ Student Journo of the Year

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By Marcus Vanderberg Comment

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.”

An active member of NABJ’s Southern California and national chapter, Burse is currently an intern at NBC’s Burbank bureau.

Last year, fellow Annenberg broadcast journalism student Ashley Williams was selected as NABJ’s Student Journalist of the Year — making this the second straight year a Trojan has earned this honor.