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"Cox Enterprises and NABJ Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership at 30th Annual NABJ Convention in Atlanta"

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Cox Enterprises announced yesterday that it will be providing more than $250,000 in monetary and in-kind donations for the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) 30th Anniversary Convention and Career Fair in Atlanta August 3-7, 2005.

As part of the platinum sponsorship, Cox will be nurturing the next generation of talent by being the exclusive sponsor of the 2005 NABJ Professional Development Program. This program is designed for aspiring NABJ student members to receive valuable real world newsroom experience by working closely with seasoned journalists during the conference.

Projects include NABJ-TV, a student produced nightly half-hour newscast; the NABJ Monitor, a daily convention newspaper; NABJ Radio, a student produced daily radio news program and NABJ Online, the NABJ convention Web site.

"Cox Enterprises has long been committed to educating, recruiting and retaining diverse newsroom talent," said Timothy W. Hughes, senior vice president of administration for Cox Enterprises. "We are pleased to partner with NABJ on their 30th anniversary and to honor the three Cox employees who were founding members by mentoring the next generation of black journalists."

The three Cox founding members of NABJ were Sandra Gilliam-Beale of WHIO- TV in Dayton, Ohio; Derwood Hall of WSOC-TV Charlotte (deceased) and Mal Johnson of Cox Broadcasting.

About NABJ http://www.nabj.org
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more than 4,000 members, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

Cox Enterprises (http://www.coxenterprises.com)
Cox Enterprises is one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services, with 2004 revenues of $11.6 billion and 77,000 employees. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access and other advanced broadband services); Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, local and national direct mail advertising and customized newsletters); Cox Television (television and television sales rep firms); Cox Radio, Inc. ((NYSE: CXR) broadcast radio stations and interactive Web sites); and Manheim Auctions, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products). Cox Enterprises also owns an equity stake in AutoTrader.com, the world's largest and most visited online source of vehicle listings for dealers and consumers.

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