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NABJ Statement on Tamron Hall's Departure From NBC

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is saddened by Tamron Hall's departure from NBC. She broke ground as the first black female "Today Show" cohost and was enjoying ratings success alongside Al Roker during the show's third hour of programming.

NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.

Published reports suggest Kelly will be replacing "Today's Takes," the hour of programming led by Hall and Roker.
Roker tweeted last week that the show leads the ratings in its time slot and consistently beats its competition. This achievement deserves praise, not punishment, as replacing talent often is associated with low ratings performance. Kelly has a well-documented history of offensive remarks regarding people of color. On The Kelly File, her Fox News show, the host said then-First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement address at Tuskegee University pandered to a "culture of victimization."
While NABJ wishes Hall well on her next move, NABJ requests a meeting with NBC leadership on the top-rated show's dismantling. We look forward to dialogue and resolve regarding black journalists and their continuing roles at NBC both in front and behind the camera.


South Florida Black Journalists Association Hosts Successful Job Fair

A funny thing happened on the way to the first-ever South Florida Black Journalists Association’s (SFBJA) Media Career Fair on Jan. 25. After expecting only 50 attendees, the planners were ecstatic when the numbers skyrocketed to more than 300. The attendees weren’t only local; they came from as far as Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.

The fair was chaired by Juan Diasgranados, also SFBJA’s former VP-Broadcast. He noted that South Florida, part of NABJ Region III, is a unique region in the United States. “We're one

of the few places that has a population that's overwhelmingly majority-minority,” he said. “We saw an opportunity to host a career fair to cater to the audience here in South Florida.”

SFBJA promised the recruiters that it would have a diverse set of registrants attending the fair, said Diasgranados. “It's important to hire within the region instead of bringing talent from outside South Florida,” he said. “The Tri-County area is full of talent, so we wanted to have a chance to showcase that to our local recruiters.”

The fair had 18 companies in attendance including the Miami Herald, the South Florida Business Journal, WPLG/Channel 10, Telemundo, I Heart Media, the Sun Sentinel, NBC 6, the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat.

Samantha Ragland is a recruiter for the Palm Beach Post who learned about the fair after Diasgranados texted her in November and asked her to be on a panel. “In my former life, I was an 

adjunct professor and I loved it. Nothing energizes a life like students hungry for knowledge, so I try to give back as often as I can,” she said.

Ragland attended the fair with a few missions. “One was to recruit a full-time social media producer, the last of which was hired at the NAHJ job fair at FIU in Spring 2016. Two, I wanted to recruit for possible interns and spread the word about Cox Media Group's Digital Talent Program, a super rad career program for digital journalists of color,” she said. “And three, to pour into whoever needed to be filled.”

The panels created by Diasgranados were great, said Ragland. “The applicants listened and soaked up everything. Some stayed after to ask more questions. Often, they needed simply to be encouraged,” she observed. “The field is competitive and the application process can be disheartening. Can you believe that I'm actually still answering emails from the fair? They're asking about business cards and resume advice and to tell me they've applied. It's great.”



NABJ Participates in Historic Meeting with Cuban Officials


NABJ President Sarah Glover, NABJ Founder and Former NABJ President DeWayne Wickham and Global Journalism Task Force Co-Chair Rochelle Riley met with Inés Ford Fernández, Ambassador for the Republic of Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the United States, in Havana, Cuba on Friday.

"It is noteworthy that NABJ sits at the table with one of the highest ranking Cuban officials who's charged with U.S.-Cuba relations at this time of political change. NABJ members should be an integral part of telling the stories surrounding political implications as White House administrations change," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We learned that Cuba is a gateway to Latin American relations and could be seen in the warm welcome we received by the Cuban people along our travels."

The group is traveling with a delegation of about 20 people, including NABJ members, filmmaker/actor Tim Reid and representatives from Morgan State University.

Glover, Wickham and Riley discussed global affairs, U.S.-Cuban relations and elections, journalism and Cuba's culture post-Fidel Castro. Since 2014, Cuba and the United States have entered into 14 memorandums of understanding while working with the President Barack Obama administration, according to Fernández. The Cuban people await what relations will be under President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

In addition to the ministry meeting, NABJ members met with Cuban intellegencia, journalists, artists, students and professors. This historic trip was planned by Wickham, who has led numerous delegations of journalists, students and educators to the island.


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