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NABJ Statement: FCC SSA

March 31, 2014


The Federal Communications Commission today voted to study so-called “shared services” agreements or “SSA’s,” which allow a station owned by one company to provide news for a competing company in the same market.

Since these SSA’s have become widely used, some companies have decided to shut down their newsrooms and contract with a competitor to provide newscasts.


This results in the layoffs of journalists and reduces the diversity of viewpoints that the FCC supports.

I have personally talked to four of these journalists since FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler first announced his intention to take a closer look at this issue on March 6. In some cases the journalists were hired by the new station or were forced to move for a new opportunity. Sometimes they remained unemployed for a length of time or left the media industry altogether.

There are many more people who have been affected by these newsroom “mergers” but cannot talk about it publicly for fear of sanctions by their current employers.

For those who work in these newly “shared” newsrooms, there is more work and less time for in-depth or investigative reporting.

There are also fewer management jobs, leading to less diversity among those who make decisions on news coverage and hiring.

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(Washington, DC) February 28, 2014 – The National Association of Black Journalists will host its Sixth Annual NABJ Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities, April 10-12, 2014 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at The Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street in Washington, D.C.

This year's topics include a primer on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), discussion of the ACA from the perspectives of medical providers, mobile health applications, black women’s health, caregiving and minority representation in clinical trials.

they can use to empower their audiences,” said Cindy George, 2014 NABJ Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities Conference Chair. "Speakers will provide attendees with tools to more effectively report and communicate information about health issues that affect underserved communities.”

"This is an ideal opportunity for journalists and media professionals to learn more about health and consumer issues that 
they can use to empower their audiences,” said Cindy George,

 

2014 NABJ Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities Conference Chair. "Speakers will provide attendees with tools to more effectively report and communicate information about health issues that affect underserved communities.”

NABJ's Sixth Annual Media Institute on Health is the only conference of its kind to focus exclusively on health disparities in communities of color and provide print, broadcast and digital journalists with tools to effectively report on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on underserved consumers.

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An Open Letter to News Media Startups
  
 


March 14, 2014


The journalism world has watched with great interest as a number of digital media startups recently have emerged with promises of being the next game-changer, upending business as usual, disrupting the status quo. Some of these outlets appear to have the potential to produce the next generation of top journalists and thought leaders.

We at the National Association of Black Journalists could not have been more excited. Many of us wondered aloud if this entrepreneurship might also include new and more effective approaches to achieving diversity and inclusion in newsroom staffing and news coverage. After all, these startups will exist primarily on digital platforms, where African Americans and Latinos are proportionately larger consumers of news than whites.


But our excitement has turned to concern as the parade of recent hires hardly reflects a commitment to ensuring that these new newsrooms reflect all the communities they will cover.

While we recognize that the process is still young, NABJ raises the flag now to ensure that diversity is a priority.

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves.

The National Association of Black Journalists, America’s oldest and largest organization for journalists of color, represents more than 3,000 talented media professionals. You probably have worked with some of our members. You no doubt read their work, watch them on television, appear on their programs and compete against them for stories. Our members share your commitment to changing the game and many would like to join you in your new ventures.


Diversity has long been a challenge in legacy newsrooms. The age-old reason given for failed efforts is that managers cannot find qualified candidates of color.

Unfortunately, this refrain already is creeping into the conversation around these startups. And journalists of color are frustrated at feeling shut out of this hiring wave.

Why the disconnect? Simply put, we hardly know each other.

Old relationship networks have become a 21st century club that is predominantly male and almost exclusively white. This club is familiar with, and hires, its own. This has been the trend in legacy media. The same will happen in these new outlets if new relationships are not forged.

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