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If anyone thought that the New York Association of Black Journalists NYABJ would defend the caliber of Beyonce Knowles’ award-winning Essence story, “Eat, Play, Love,” they would be sadly mistaken. In a second slap in the face to journalists everywhere, President Michael J. Feeney basically told The Root’s Journal-isms that Beyonce’s piece was all they had to work with.Want to Keep Up With NewsOne.com?
We’re just honoring what was passed on to us,” he said. “There was no stipulation that you had to be a member of NYABJ or a writer or journalist. The current board is going to be looking at the criteria for next year.”Well, alrighty then.The Root reports:Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Fla. Times, who chairs the Media Monitoring Committee of the National Association of Black Journalists, articulated some of the concern about the award to Beyoncé.“I know there’s a lot of great practical reasons why giving Beyoncé a journalism award makes sense for this chapter,” Deggans said by email.