Recent changes in the economy have forced the NABJ executive board to examine potential cost-cutting efforts to maintain the budget for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
To ensure our success in the future, efforts to streamline our processes have led to the reduction of three staff positions effective Oct. 30, 2015, including Executive Director Darryl R. Matthews Sr. We appreciate his service to the association and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Drew Berry of Drew Berry & Associates, a media-consulting agency out of Baltimore, will join the staff as executive consultant for NABJ during this transition. A lifetime NABJ member, he is a two-time Emmy Award winner and a visiting professional at Hampton University in Virginia teaching media management.
Berry has more than 25 years of experience in the television news industry. He also was a television station general manager in a major market, one of about a dozen black journalists to hold the coveted position. He has also served as a station manager and news director.
Since his arrival in Baltimore in 1998, Berry has been a strong active leader in the community, serving on several boards including Scripps Howard Foundation, Medstar Health, Inc., the Greater Baltimore Committee, Associated Black Charities and the Maryland Humanities Council. A native Texan, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Berry will work with the NABJ board and staff, focusing on the day-to-day management of the office, fundraising and our joint 2016 convention with NAHJ.
These are challenging times for NABJ, but the NABJ Board of Directors remains confident and steadfast in its approach to put the association back in the black.