|REFRESH. REPOSITION. REIMAGINE: A NEW NABJ CONSTITUTION|
VISION and GOALS (Preamble and Chapter
The new preamble
(vision) and purpose (goals) would update and better situate NABJ with respect
to its members, their communities and society at large in the 21st
century. The board of directors
and membership would no longer need a constitutional amendment to modify NABJ’s
logo. It is recommended, however, that the association’s bylaws prescribe when,
why and how the logo may or may not be changed in the future.
We, the members of
the National Association of Black Journalists, who are striving for credible
journalism that comprehensively portrays the
voices and experiences of African Americans and people from the black diaspora
for a society and world that values them, do enact and establish this constitution
for the governance of our members.
Article I. Name
Section 1. Name. The organization’s name
shall be National Association of Black Journalists Inc.
Section 2. Initials. The organization
shall be known by the initials NABJ.
Section 3. Symbol. The organization
shall adopt an official corporate seal that may include the date and place of
incorporation, the symbol of NABJ, the initials NABJ or such other necessary
and desirable information.
Section 1. Purpose. NABJ shall enable a
union of black journalists dedicated to:
Monitoring all media to promote best
practices or advocate for improvement with respect to coverage of the
African-American community and black diaspora, and fairness in the workplace
for black journalists.
(b) Increasing the number of black journalists working as
staff, supervisors and management in diverse newsrooms.
(c) Being an exemplary group of professionals that honors journalism
excellence and outstanding achievement.
(d) Encouraging and supporting black journalists
aiming to become media entrepreneurs and or work independently.
(e) Encouraging high school and college students
and people working in other professions to become journalists.
(f) Providing professional development and
training as well as fellowships, internships and scholarships.
(g) Increasing the number of African Americans
working as faculty and leaders of academic journalism programs.
(h) Strengthening ties
between black journalists in mainstream and black-owned media across the nation and world.
(i) Engaging in such
other activities permissible for nonprofit corporations in accordance with Section
501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and the rulings and regulations
Section 1. Compliance. This constitution, adopted in conformity herewith, shall comply with applicable federal, state or District of Columbia law governing the transaction of NABJ business. Accordingly, this constitution shall also serve as the organization’s bylaws.
Accordingly, this constitution shall also serve as the organization’s bylaws.
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