The Association of Opinion Journalist (AOJ) recently honored Lecturer Julian Rodriguez (Communication) for his work with students and Spanish-language media.
Rodriguez is the 2015 recipient of the Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship, an award that “recognizes an educator’s outstanding efforts to encourage and mentor college students of color in the field of journalism,” said an AOJ release.
“We are thrilled to make this award to such a deserving recipient,” said David D. Haynes, editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and AOJ president. “Julian Rodriguez is doing the good work every day of molding journalists in their native language. We’re proud to be able to recognize his work.”
In addition to teaching television broadcast classes, Rodriguez mentors communication majors and oversees UTA News en Español, a student-run, Spanish-language newscast. He has also provided original content to DFW TV stations, Telemundo and Univision, as well as helped UT Arlington students gain internships and jobs at those stations.
“This recognition is the fruit of our Hispanic students’ hard work, of their passion for a career in charge of giving voice to the voiceless by exposing issues that affect our society and its future,” said Rodriguez. “Journalism is a bridge, one that connects people with facts; a profession delegated to creating an awareness system vital to our democracy.”
The award is named for Barry Bingham Sr., a journalist and crusader who used his position as publisher of the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times newspapers in Kentucky to attract minority students into newspaper careers. Past recipients include faculty from University of California at Berkeley, University of Iowa, Boston University, New York University and Columbia University.
AOJ is the nation’s oldest organization for opinion journalists. The award will be presented on Nov. 14 at AOJ’s annual conference at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.