Denise Clay has been a journalist for 20 years and an educator for the
last five. She is a columnist for the Philadelphia Public Record and
also works as a copy editor/proofreader/columnist for the Philadelphia
Sunday Sun, a black-owned weekly based in Philadelphia.
Clay has worked at a variety of news organizations including the
Philadelphia Tribune, the Bucks County Courier Times, the Elmira
Star-Gazette and the Reading Eagle Times. Clay was also an
anchor/reporter at WRTI-FM in Philadelphia and hosted a talk show
entitled “The Next Movement” on IMG2.com. She has also freelanced for
a variety of publications including Black America Web and blogs as The
Mad (political) Scientist. She is currently working on her masters
degree in journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she
also received her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism.
From 2003-2005, Clay served as president of the Philadelphia
Association of Black Journalists, a founding chapter of the National
Association of Black Journalists. During her term, the organization
partnered with CN8-The Comcast Network and the Philadelphia Chapters
of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National
Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay
Journalists Association to produce the first of three mayoral debates
between former Mayor John Street and his challenger, Sam Katz. The
debate won CN8 and PABJ, a Mid Atlantic Emmy for their efforts. She
also served as a Deputy Regional Director for Region 2 (now Region 1)
of NABJ from 1998-2000.
But while she sees herself as a journalist first, Clay is also a
researcher who believes that the African American perspective must be
included in any academic look at the profession. With the help of
NABJ, Clay has done extensive research on journalists and objectivity,
minority employment in journalism and student journalism as part of
her master’s program. Last summer, Clay worked with Temple’s Media
Education Lab to produce a journalism curriculum that is currently in
use for an in-school program sponsored by the Corporation for Public
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