Dear NABJ Members and Friends:
The UNITY: Journalists of Color Board of Directors rejected two proposals offered by NABJ to improve the coalition's governance and to forge a more equitable split of UNITY convention proceeds. The UNITY board instead passed two motions - one to cap UNITY's share of convention revenues while maintaining the current revenue sharing formula, and the other to devise a new UNITY strategic plan.
The NABJ proposals were voted down on March 12, with NABJ's representatives voting in the affirmative. The alternative proposals, introduced by (NAHJ and AAJA) members, were approved, with NABJ's representatives voting against.
In the span of three months, NABJ presented several proposals to address a more equitable division of governance and convention proceeds. NABJ was fully committed to finding a compromise with the UNITY board. In the end, however, NABJ's representatives felt the proposals NABJ presented, which were rejected, were more favorable to the financial interests of the alliance partners than the alternative proposals, which were presented and accepted without a full financial review.
NABJ remains supportive of the UNITY concept, but we strongly believe that fundamental changes need to be implemented that focus on governance structure, accountability, and the coalition group's mission. In the coming weeks, the NABJ board will decide the organization's level of participation in UNITY. will decide the organization's level of participation in UNITY.
Yours in service,
Kathy Y. Times