NABJ Announces Finalists for 2014 Professional Chapter of the Year
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, New York Association of Black Journalists, and Triad Association of Black Journalists
WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2014
-- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce its three finalists for the 2014 professional Chapter of the Year Award. This year’s finalists include the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
(PABJ), the New York Association of Black Journalists
(NYABJ), and the Triad Association of Black Journalists
(TABJ). The award recognizes a professional chapter, which has gone above and beyond to attract and retain members, design and execute exceptional programming for its members, demonstrated a significant level of involvement at the national level, and engage their local community, among other criteria.
"We applaud the finalists for chapter of the year PABJ, NYABJ, and TABJ,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. "These chapters have demonstrated why our chapters are the lifeblood of the organization. By working to engage members on a local level, they extend NABJ’s reach. They support the career development of aspiring journalists as well as seasoned professionals. These chapters also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their respective communities promoting inclusivity and diversity, but also engaging folks around issues important to folks locally.”
In 2013 the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists one of NABJ’s oldest chapters celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over the course of the year PABJ hosted its annual Media Access Workshop designed to give the local community hands on media training, held a series of meetings throughout different neighborhoods in Philadelphia dubbed the “Community Series,” organized a community discussion on “Being White in Philly” following a controversial article of the same name which appeared in Philly Magazine, hosted its inaugural Broadcasters Panel and Welcome, which allowed members to hear from veteran broadcasters from across the northeast corridor and allowed the chapter to welcome the newest local broadcasters, and the chapter launched PRISM Magazine, PRISM stands for Philly Reports Involving Shades of Multimedia as the official news organ for the chapter, but also as a way to showcase the multimedia work of its members.
The New York Association of Black Journalists grew its membership to more than 200 members making it one of NABJ’s largest and strongest chapters. One of the chapter’s programming highlights was beginning a new ‘Chat ‘N Chew’ series which allowed members to hear from a variety of media insiders from Mark S. Luckie, Manager of Journalism & News, Twitter to Natasha Eubanks, Founder of The YBF, a popular lifestyle and entertainment blog. The group partnered with the Columbia University Association of Black Journalists (CUABJ) to host a thought provoking discussion on the portrayal of blacks in the media. NYABJ continued to host its well-regarded eight-week high school journalism workshop and also hosted a one-day workshop for college students. During the chapter’s signature event the annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet the chapter honored veteran broadcaster Randall Pinkston with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Triad Association of Black Journalists takes pride in representing journalists of color in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. The chapter made a concerted effort over the course of the year to organize programming which would directly serve its members, while also going out and being part of the larger community. TABJ hosted a resume workshop, which saw student participants from Bennett College, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Members connected while attending various community events from local music festivals to local health and wellness fairs. TABJ was a co-sponsor of a Community Outreach Day in Winston-Salem, NC an event designed to encourage local residents to be healthy and fit. Later in the year the chapter welcomed NABJ President Bob Butler with a reception held in his honor. TABJ assisted a local church Williams CME Memorial Church with packing Thanksgiving boxes, which helped feed more than 7,000 families. To end the year members spoke at a middle school career fair, one of a number of career fairs members had participated in throughout the year.