3/6/13 Industry Must Collectively Build the Pool
NABJ is celebrating the reported announcement that ABC News is planning to hire Byron Pitts from CBS. We celebrate one of our brightest talents not only in our association, but also in the industry. However, looking deeper into the issue, there are a number of questions that can be asked in the aftermath, including:
1. Does CBS News have any successors of color lined up to replace Pitts, whose duties included contributions to "60 Minutes?”
2. Are there any black journalists in the pipeline at CBS to be promoted? Although critics will ask: "Why does Pitts have to be replaced by a black journalist?” others will argue Pitts replaced the irreplaceable Ed Bradley.
But why do these questions need to be asked? Shouldn’t the question be: "Why does CBS have only "one” position slotted for a black journalist at "60 Minutes?” Where is the professional development at CBS to properly prepare and position black journalists in these roles and create more opportunities?
These questions are not posed only to CBS; they are posed to an industry that is accustomed to trading its select few black journalists around like they are baseball cards. It does not happen only in the broadcast industry. It happens also in print journalism. More Here.
1/6/12 Industry Wide and Industry Wise: Diverse Newsrooms Matter
Nearly 18 years ago, as an intern in the Associated Press Sports Editors' Sports Journalism Institute, I wrote a story about the lack of diversity in sports departments. I quoted Justice B. Hill, then sports editor at the News-Sentinel (Indiana), who challenged then-APSE President Dale Bye on the lack of black sports editors at daily newspapers.
At the time there were only two, the other was Garry D. Howard of the Milwaukee Journal - who started the job about a month before I wrote my story in 1994.
In the years since, there have been a few to run sports departments at mainstream dailies. In 2012, only one - Lisa Bell Wilson of the Buffalo News - carries the baton. More Here.
11/17/11 Message From the President- An Update on the First 90 Days...
Thank you for entrusting me with NABJ's future and for all the well wishes after an exciting election. Now it is time to get down to business. Please take a look at the committees listed here on our website and, please email me and let me know what you are passionate about doing for NABJ and how you want to serve. I am looking for new committee chairs and membersThe new board of directors has been in office for 90 days and I write to share an update on our successes thus far.NABJ's leadership is hard at work making NABJ indispensable to you the members: creating projects and programs that will bolster the strength of NABJ, push for jobs, create training opportunities and advocate for better representation of African-Americans in media coverage. More Here.
8/12/11 Message From the President- Thank you NABJ!
Thank you for entrusting me with NABJ's future and for all the well wishes after an exciting election. Now it is time to get down to business. Please take a look at the committees listed here on our website and, please email me and let me know what you are passionate about doing for NABJ and how you want to serve. I am looking for new committee chairs and members. More Here.