Archive of past President Kathy Time's messages
4/20/11 UNITY: Perception or Reality?
In the wake of the NABJ Board of Directors’ decision to pull out of Unity: Journalists of Color, our office and officers have received e-mails, tweets, and other communications from members and the media whose common question is: More Here.
On Sunday April 10, 2011 the National Association of Black Journalists voted to end its participation in the UNITY: Journalists of Color Alliance. Please review the background information for more details on how the NABJ Board of Directors reached this decision. We will continue to update this page with the latest information as it becomes available. More Here. After careful consideration and thoughtful deliberation, the National Association of Black Journalists, Inc. (NABJ), a founding organization of UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc., voted today to discontinue its participation in UNITY. More Here.
Since 1994, the National Association of Black Journalists has been a strong advocate of the UNITY coalition. The founders, including a former NABJ president, envisioned that journalists of color in America’s newsrooms would come together to share the struggles and accomplishments of our respective organizations.More Here.
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. More Here.
3/17/11Concern about Diversity at NPR
The National Association of Black Journalists is very concerned about NPR's commitment to diversity in the wake of Vivian Schiller's resignation as President and CEO and Cheryl Hampton's departure as Director of News Staff Development. When Schiller arrived at NPR in 2009, she inherited a culture that was dismissive of diversity. NPR Senior Vice President of Communications Dana Davis Rehm said Schiller identified transforming NPR's diversity as a top priority. Read more