Published: Monday, August 03, 2015
North Carolina Central University’s NCCU NOW magazine has won the top prize for alumni magazines in the national Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Digest awards. The awards were presented at the AARP HBCU Awards Ceremony in Hampton, Va., on June 10.
“We are extremely proud of this distinction and how well NCCU NOW showcases the achievements and milestones of our university in a readable, compelling and thorough manner,” said Ayana Hernandez, associate vice chancellor for University Relations. “It is an honor to have received this recognition from the prestigious HBCU Digest judges.”
The HBCU Awards are sponsored by HBCU Digest, an online news site covering historically black colleges and schools and the issues that affect them. A panel of former and current HBCU presidents, alumni, faculty, students, journalists and former award winners served as judges.
NCCU was an overwhelming choice for this year’s HBCU Award in Best Alumni Publication, said Jarrett Carter Sr., publisher of HBCU Digest.
“Our judges were impressed with all elements of NCCU NOW’s storytelling and editorial vision,” Carter said. “From its design, to its range of content, to the quality of its writing and ability to resonate with graduates and supporters, NCCU NOW sets a standard within HBCU culture for news and communication with institutional stakeholders.”
NCCU was a finalist in two other categories: Best Female Chancellor and Historically Black College/University of the Year. More than 400 nominations were received in total for the awards this year.
U.S. News and World Report ranks NCCU as third among all public HBCUs. The university also has been recognized for its outstanding law school, jazz program, research institutes and other program