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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Former President Sidmel Estes

NABJ mourns the passing of former NABJ President Sidmel Estes (1991-93). Estes was the first woman to be elected president of the association. She also served as an NABJ regional director and president of the Atlanta chapter. Estes, 60, died October 6.

Estes began her career at WAGA-TV/Fox 5 in Atlanta, where she served as the executive producer of numerous programs. 

She was the co-creator and executive producer of “Good Day Atlanta,” which became the number one show in its market and won seven Emmy Awards under her direction. In 2006, Estes left WAGA-TV to start BreakThrough Inc., a media consulting firm with clients including the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, the McCormick Tribune Fellows Foundation, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Emory University and Clark Atlanta University.

A pioneer and journalism industry veteran, Estes' contributions will never be forgotten.

"NABJ grieves for Miss Sidmel. Our hearts are so heavy. Sidmel's in-your-face leadership style was my introduction to the best of NABJ as a new student member in 1993," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. 

"'Holy smokes! This lady is for real,' I thought. She took news organizations to task and members, too. If you were not doing right, she would not hesitate to let you know. Sidmel was an admired journalist and loving mother. She was the working woman that media moms could model and aspire to be. She handled all her roles gracefully.

"I'm so sad she is gone, but her passion and love for NABJ lives on in all of us."  

During Estes’ tenure as president of the association, NABJ increased its membership to more than 2,000 journalists and was included in Ebony magazine’s list of Top 100 Black Organizations. In 1994, she was a leader and co-creator of the first UNITY: Journalists of Color conference, and was instrumental in the release of its report, “Kerner Plus 25: A Call For Action,” which outlined steps the media industry should take to improve racial diversity.

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 NABJ Moves 2015-2016 Hall of Fame Inductions to

2016 Convention

Prestigious Event to be Held August 5, 2016 in Washington, DC

NABJ will host its 2015-2016 Hall of Fame Inductions during the organization’s 2016 convention in Washington, D.C. The Hall of Fame Ceremony will not be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. It will take place instead at a luncheon on Friday, August 5, 2016, within the joint convention of NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The joint convention and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where 44 founding members met and signed the document that created NABJ in 1975. At that time the hotel was known as the Sheraton-Park Hotel.

The next class of NABJ Hall of Fame inductees includes: Tony Brown, Charles Gerald Fraser, Dorothy Leavell, Dori Maynard, Gil Noble, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Austin Long-Scott, Stuart Scott, Jacqueline Trescott, Morrie Turner, John H. White and L. Alex Wilson.

“Incorporating the Hall of Fame ceremony into the convention enables more NABJ members to attend this historic event,” says Sarah Glover, NABJ President. “NABJ looks forward to honoring this very special Hall of Fame class at the same location where the association was founded.”


Created in 1975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation with nearly 3,000 members. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor NABJ gives for professional excellence and advocacy on behalf of African American journalists. In 1990, seven distinguished African-American journalists -- including Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Mal H. Goode, Mal Johnson, Gordon Parks, Ted Poston, Norma Quarles and Carl T. Rowan -- became the charter Inductees of the NABJ Hall of Fame.

Since then, the honor has been bestowed on 64 additional journalists, among them: Ed Bradley, Chuck Stone, Carol Simpson, Les Payne, Robert Maynard, Vernon Jarrett, Lynn Norment, Maureen Bunyan and Bernard Shaw. For a complete listing of previous Inductees, visit www.nabj.org.

On August 5, NABJ will pay homage to 12 black journalists whose outstanding careers have inspired and earned the respect of their peers. In addition to inducting these 12 journalists into the NABJ Hall of Fame, the organization also will honor its Founders by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.

(Several NABJ Founders previously were inducted into the Hall of Fame.)

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NABJ Convention Ceremony Highlights Four Decades of Service

By Aniya Spears, Melisa Robles Olivar, Sydney Kuykindall, Marissa Abara and Ernest Marshall
Special from the JSHOP Reporter

Excitement and anticipation filled the air as members of the world’s largest and oldest organization for journalists of color gathered to celebrate four decades of service at its welcoming ceremony.

The National Association of Black Journalists’ bash at the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown, opened its doors as hundreds of attendees were greeted in a procession including NABJ board members and several of the organization’s living founders. Big screens displayed social media posts and local events. Music blared in the background, while blue strobe lights danced around the room.


"It was the kickoff to NABJ’s 40th Convention and Career Fair. Members, students, founders and others associated with the organization attended the ceremony. There were performances, skits and other memorable moments.

The NABJ convention honors African American people and issues that matter to the public. This convention also honors the work of media organizations and individuals who work with various kinds of journalism including; broadcast, print and online.

“The organization was founded at a time when it was difficult for Black journalists to obtain employment, and when coverage of our community was unfair and filled with stereotypes. This was common in mainstream media organizations,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “So, because these issues still exist, we are here together this week to honor this association and the 44 men and women who founded it.”

Sam Ford, a founder and lifetime NABJ member from Washington, D.C, said, “This year I’m looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting other journalists. Since I started my career in Minneapolis, it is really great to be back. Our first convention was more of a meeting, but it has grown quite a bit since.”

During the NABJ Salute to Excellence event, awards will be handed out, such as NABJ Journalist of the year, Emerging Journalist and Lifetime Achievement honorees. Each year NABJ donates about $100,000 in scholarships to eligible members.

Meanwhile, during the opening reception program, the names and pictures of the 44 founders were displayed on a video screen. Then, four selected students, including two JSHOP members, Will Rivers and Lexy Whyte, read sections from the NABJ Constitution and placed medallions around the necks of the 12 founders who were present. 

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