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NABJ Members Kelley L. Carter and

Darren Sands to Join BuzzFeed

        Carter                   Sands

NABJ congratulates NABJ members Kelley L. Carter and Darren Sands on their new positions at BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company, which specializes in publishing: shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment stories and interesting and compelling video across digital platforms.

Carter will join BuzzFeed as a senior editor for BuzzFeed Entertainment. She is leaving EBONYMagazine where she serves as the magazine’s Entertainment Editor.


The award is presented to a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora and/or for its efforts in increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management.

Previously she was a Celebrity Reporter for USA Today, an Entertainment Reporter for The Chicago Tribune, and a Music Critic and Columnist for The Detroit Free Press. As a freelance journalist Carter contributed to ESPN, MTV News, as well as Essence, JET, Uptown, Heart & Soul, Complex, andVibe Magazines. She has appeared as a commentator on E!, HLN, CNN, Fox News, TV One, and The TV Guide Channel. While at The Free Press Carter won a national Emmy for an online 

documentary “40 Years of Respect,” which chronicled Aretha Franklin’s career from the time she topped the charts with her song, “Respect.” A longtime member of NABJ Carter serves as Chair of the Association’s Arts and Entertainment Task Force.

“Kelley L. Carter is a skilled reporter who is able to share interesting and insightful information about the people we think we know, and she also endeavors to introduce us to the people we ought to know,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “As an entertainment reporter and editor Kelley constantly endeavors to show us how our world is impacted by the artists and athletes who we watch perform or play. She shows us how arts, entertainment, and culture affect us throughout society.”

Sands joins BuzzFeed as a politics reporter.  More here.






 NABJ Selects Al Jazeera Media Network for the
2014 Best Practices Award  

NABJ has selected Al Jazeera Media Network for the 2014 Best Practices Award. The honor was announced at the association's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston, MA, the nation's largest annual gathering of minority journalists. 


The award is presented to a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora and/or for its efforts in increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management. 

The NABJ board of directors took particular note of the network’s launch of its Al Jazeera America channel last summer highlighting an array of diverse managers and journalists.  Combined with its flagship Al Jazeera Satellite (Arabic) channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al 

(the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile, the network boasts one of the most diverse news staffs in the world broadcasting to millions of viewers.

NABJ believes that the network which was established in 1996 is committed to creative, compelling, character driven storytelling which provides a depth and breadth about the news of the day, but also stories which have until then gone untold. More here.


NABJ Issues Thumbs Down Award to
National Public Radio


NABJ  issued its 2014 Thumbs Down Award to National Public Radio (NPR). The Thumbs Down Award is given annually for reporting, commentary or other content found to be racially insensitive, or for practices at odds with the mission of the National Association of Black Journalists.
The 2014 Thumbs Down Award was given to National Public Radio following the decision to cancel the program Tell Me More and to eliminate 28 positions across the NPR newsroom in an effort to cut costs. 


Tell Me More was started in 2007 with host Michel Martin and was designed to attract new audiences to public radio, to use new and innovative storytelling methods, and to discuss issues  of particular importance to people of color. The shows creation followed the loss of Tavis Smiley’s radio show to Public Radio International and then the cancellation of the program, which succeeded Smiley’s News and Notes.
“The importance of public media to make a concerted effort to be distinctive in its storytelling methods, to offer its audiences depth by featuring untold stories, and to as an end result diversify and expand audiences was best exemplified by a show like Tell Me More and how the program sought to operate,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. 

“NPR’s has as two of it’s stated goals in its strategic to ‘expand, diversify and engage our audiences’ and ‘grow net revenues.’ One however cannot supercede the other and greater care should have been taken to preserve Tell Me More as an example of what NPR’s new core should be and as as a representation of a truly superb way in which public media can embrace diversity.”
NABJ is mindful of NPR’s other initiative such as the Peabody award-winning “Race Card Project” and “CodeSwitch.” These programs are worthy of praise and should be supported. Still the opportunity cannot be loss to encourage National Public Radio to live up to the companies full potential and be standard bearers and to be the company which in everything it does show others in public media and media at large how to make sure journalism and media are inclusive and really do provide a service to the public. More here.






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