In two weeks, our membership will come together for our 38th Annual
Convention and Career Fair at the Gaylord Palms just outside of Orlando. We are looking forward to providing professional development to help
members sharpen their skills. The convention is also an opportunity for
registrants to re-charge their batteries by connecting with old friends
and making new ones while at the convention.
Today, I am writing because I have heard some concerns about the action
NABJ should take in light of the George Zimmerman verdict, which was
decided in Sanford, just north of Orlando.
NABJ’s convention team, anticipated a verdict
would be reached before the convention. The team had already extended an
invitation to the Martin family to participate in a panel. The team
also extended an invitation to journalists covering the trial as well as
political commentators and community leaders. We also plan to extend an
invitation to the Zimmerman family as well. We as black journalists
have a role here; we must examine this story and the ramifications of
the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s death, as well as the ramifications of
the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, from all sides.
On Thursday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m., Honorary Convention Chair Roland S.
Martin will host NABJ’s Opening Plenary session called "NABJ Live”.
Among the topics Martin will tackle during this forum will be the
Zimmerman trial, gun violence and the Voting Rights Act.
Also during this session, we will interview prominent news executives about the coverage and images of what the trial presented. The convention team will customize already scheduled workshops to focus
on several aspects of the Zimmerman trial, including the impact of
I challenge you to come to Orlando to be a part of the variety of
discussions we will have on this major topic and all the other amazing
discussions, workshops, and events which the convention team has