September 2, 2015
President of NABJ
Message From the NABJ President
Good Day, NABJ!
It’s been three short weeks since the 2015-17 NABJ Board of Directors took office, but we’re already laying the groundwork for a successful two years -- and people are taking notice.
$100,000 FORD FOUNDATION GRANT
I’m honored to share with you the most notable highlight since my presidency began: NABJ was approved for a $100,000 Ford Foundation grant to help us execute a strategic-planning process in the next year. Our organization has not had a strategic plan since 2012. This is a remarkable development this week and the board and staff are excited to get the process under way.
I want to personally thank our executive director Darryl R. Matthews Sr. and the NABJ staff for their hard work. Typically, the weeks immediately following the NABJ convention are when staff takes much needed time off. So the staff’s ability to execute the rewriting and submission of this proposal post-convention is commendable and a huge win for NABJ.
NABJ-NAHJ JOINT CONVENTION
Our executive director and I have been working with NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina and NAHJ Executive Director Alberto Mendoza to begin planning next year’s convention. Our joint convention will be THE convention to attend in 2016. Please mark your calendars and request time off now to attend. The convention takes place August 3-7, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The convention week coincides with the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio. After we returned from the Minneapolis convention, I asked Executive Director Matthews to work with our convention management company and to go back to the hotel again and ask if another date was possible. There are no alternative working dates for our convention next year so we embrace the existing date and will work to be sure we establish a successful joint convention plan with NAHJ. We will reach out to our partners and members and keep them informed often throughout the planning process. I look forward to sharing more news about the convention with you in the coming weeks.
8/15/2014: Thank You NABJ For A Great Convention in Boston
We have just completed a successful convention Boston. More than 2100 people took part in the training, mentoring, recruiting and networking that are synonymous with the annual NABJ family reunion. I am here to talk about a paradigm shift in how we move NABJ forward and how we operate as an organization. More...
5/4/2014:Remarks From NABJ President Bob Butler at the Memorial Service of NABJ Founder Chuck Stone
We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our founders for having the vision and foresight to create a strong foundation that has allowed NABJ to grow much larger than some of them even thought possible. Indeed I have talked to a few who said they thought NABJ would only last a few years. More...
3/31/2014:NABJ Statement: FCC SSA
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. More...
2/06/2014: Industry Announcements - NABJ Members On the Move
MSNBC President Phil Griffin recently announced that digital journalist and political analyst Joy-Ann Reid will anchor the network’s 2 p.m. Eastern hour, Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, February 24. More...
I want to thank the outgoing board members for their service to NABJ and their
commitment to every one of our members. Their hard work and sacrifice
has made this organization stronger and has made an impact in newsrooms
across this country. More...