Fred Armisen, Eddie Huang to Roast Vice CEO Shane Smith at Center for Communication Event

Andrew Hetherington
Shane Smith and Tom Freston

Vice also will announce a wide-ranging diversity partnership with the Brooklyn-based non-profit.

Shane Smith will receive the Center for Communication's annual Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communication, Nov. 18 in New York.

The luncheon ceremony will be a roast chaired by Smith confidante and Vice advisor Tom Freston. Other speakers include Fred Armisen, Johnny Knoxville, Clare O'Kane, Eddie Huang and HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Vice creative director Spike Jonze has produced a video for the ceremony. Past honorees have included Katharine Graham, Johnny Carson, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg and Dick Parsons.

Vice Media and the Center for Communication also will announce a wide-ranging partnership designed to promote diversity in journalism, the Center's core mission. Vice and the Brooklyn-based non-profit, which is supported by funding from major media companies, will partner on a next generation portal that will create a comprehensive database to connect emerging media talent with key industry partners and a "New Voices" series that will curate a twice-annual event that recognizes students using media to engage diverse audiences and tell underreported stories.

Vice also will underwrite a Center for Communication fellowship. Set to kick off this summer, the fellowships will give two students 8-week internships at Vice that cover travel, housing and other expenses and also includes a $5000 stipend.

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