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NABJ Abhors Allegations in FOX News Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 27, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is disturbed and dismayed by recent allegations of a racist work environment at FOX News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees, including Emmy-winning anchor Kelly Wright, filed a class-action lawsuit in New York this week, according to The Washington Post

"The recent discrimination allegations at FOX News are unsettling. NABJ was founded 42 years ago to fight against racism and discrimination in newsrooms and we pledge to continue to do so today," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We've seen downsizing and layoffs in U.S. newsrooms that have had a disproportionate effect on the number of 
working black journalists. No one working in the media industry today should be subjected to discriminatory practices. This has to end."

When asked about the lawsuit, a FOX News official offered the following statement to NABJ: "FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases."

Douglas H. Wigdor, founding partner at Wigdor, LLP and the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the FOX News case, stated at a Wednesday news conference: "When it comes to 
racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox. We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs."

"NABJ believes diverse newsrooms improve fair and balanced coverage of issues important to all viewers and that no journalist should be subjected to discrimination while doing their job," said NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker.

NABJ has an active Media Monitoring Committee and the association is reaching out to several major media outlets to address our diversity concerns.


NABJ Unveils New Strategic Plan 2017-2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors released the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 on the organization's website today.

"I am grateful for the experts and committee members who unselfishly invested their time to make the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 exemplary. Their passion and devotion have paved a surer future and clear direction for our organization," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "As we move to the next phase of work and adoption of the recommendations, NABJ will grow its footprint as a sound nonprofit association, digital journalism leader and strong advocate for media diversity and press freedom."

NABJ founders, former presidents, key stakeholders, chapter presidents, members

and partners contributed to the robust yearlong process funded by a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. This considerable investment enabled NABJ to chart a pathway to build upon its recent fiscal success, a projected  $1 million-plus surplus for 2016.

"The ability to produce news that is relevant to all of our nation's communities necessitates newsrooms that are as diverse as our country," said Barbara Raab, program officer in the Ford Foundation's Creativity & Free Expression program. "It is very encouraging that the NABJ will emerge as a stronger, more resilient organization at precisely the moment when establishing accountability and trust in our journalistic institutions is absolutely critical for our democracy."
NABJ has an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million and  a membership base of 3,500. By expanding its resources and diversifying its activities, NABJ will remain relevant, focused and flexible, while implementing the three-year strategic plan.
"We are pleased with the direction and pace of NABJ's growth and development," said NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry. "Steps we are taking today will ensure NABJ's viability and sustainability, as well as its relevance in an ever-changing industry for years to come."

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NABJ Launches Black Male Media Project to #InspireBlackMen

NABJ Calls on Chapters to Host Workshops Nationwide on June 10


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 7, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is launching a new program to help change the lives and images of black men in the news and in society. The NABJ Black Male Media Project is a nationwide effort to open doors and change the narrative of black men. 

The NABJ Black Male Media Project will launch its first program in various cities across the United States on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to.  

"NABJ has created the Black Male Media Project to combat the blotter-to-mugshot images of black male faces, and to create a fresh and real view of black men in America and across the diaspora," said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.

Participating chapters will promote the project using the hashtag #InspireBlackMen. Learning will be cultivated in various cities concurrently on social media platforms by the local chapters via echo comments, ideas, videos and photos.

The second phase of the NABJ Black Male Media Project will be a digital photography project showcased at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ members will be invited to share positive pictures of black men where they are, as they are. 




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