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CNN Takes Another Step in the Right Direction

NABJ Continues Call for Civil Rights Audit

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2019) – CNN’s announcement of the promotion of Cathy Straight to executive editor of National News for CNN Digital, coupled with the recent promotions of Johnita Due as the new SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Marcus Mabry to Vice President of Global Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide, is applauded by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). 

These promotions underscore NABJ’s insistence that a pool of talented black journalists and professionals is readily available including within CNN’s ranks. The promotions come after months of pressure from NABJ to diversify its executive news leadership ranks, although no plan to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts has been shared with NABJ as of today.

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FAQS: 2019 Proposed NABJ
Constitutional Amendments

 

 
The NABJ Constitution/Operating Procedures Committee is recommending the adoption of two proposed amendments that would reduce the size of the Board of Directors from 14 to 11, streamline operations, clarify membership categories and return the organization to an even-year election cycle.
 
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the proposed amendments.

 

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NABJ Congratulates Cathy Straight on Promotion to Executive Editor of National News for CNN Digital

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Cathy Straight on her promotion to executive editor of National News for CNN Digital.

In her new role, Straight will oversee CNN's global digital platforms, including digital coverage of the top national news stories of the day.

According to CNN, Straight leads a 24-7 team of news writers and editors who cover breaking national news, national trends and entertainment for a global audience. She partners with CNN television newsgathering units to set national coverage priorities, and she oversees CNN's award-winning “5 Things Newsletter.”

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ABC News Correspondent/ Anchor Kenneth Moton
to Speak at NABJ Chapter Day Luncheon
  
NABJ is happy to announce ABC News Correspondent/Anchor Kenneth Moton will be our special guest speaker for Chapter Day at the #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 7. All NABJ affiliated chapter board members and chapter members are strongly encouraged to attend. Click below for information about Chapter Day. If you have any other questions, please email NABJ Council of Presidents Chair Siobhan Riley at SiobhanRiley8@gmail.com

 

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NABJ President Sarah Glover to Meet with President Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of UN General Assembly

Two History-Making Leaders Will Meet to Discuss Issues Facing Black Journalists and the Black Community
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2019) – Sarah Glover, the first two-term president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will meet with María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations on July 12. The meeting follows Glover's return from a recent trip to meet with Afro-Colombian journalists in Colombia.
 
Fernanda Espinosa Garcés made history as the first woman from Latin America to become the President of the UN General Assembly. During her visit to the UN, President Glover will not only recap her trip to Colombia but will also conduct an exclusive one-on-one interview with Fernanda Espinosa Garcés about the UN’s perspective on issues impacting global media, the black community, women, and communities of color worldwide.

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NABJ Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Finalists

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2019) -- Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the finalists for its 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented during NABJ's Annual Convention & Career Fair in South Florida at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Tickets may be purchased here.
 
The Salute to Excellence is powered by FedEx.
 
The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications. Award categories include college, digital, print, television, radio, photojournalism and public relations. NABJ's Convention & Career Fair is the largest of its kind in the nation with more than 4,000 participants expected this year.

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NABJ Names Ron Carter 2019 Patricia L. Tobin Award Recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Ron Carter, managing director of The Carter Agency, (TCA), a media relations firm, has been selected to receive the 2019 NABJ Patricia L. Tobin Award.

 

NABJ will honor Carter at its Hall of Fame Luncheon, powered by AARP, during the 2019 NABJ Convention & Career Fair on Friday, Aug. 9, at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in South Florida. Convention registration and Hall of Fame tickets can be purchased here.

  

Named after Tobin, a pioneering publicist, media entrepreneur and co-founder of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), the award honors a public relations, advertising, marketing professional or media owner who serves as an industry trailblazer in affecting the positive representation of African Americans in the media and directing change in the media industry at large.

 

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NABJ Unveils its 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees as
Annual Convention Approaches

Tom Joyner, Garry D. Howard, Bob Black, Wanda Lloyd and WaPo Metro Seven
to be Inducted
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 5, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) unveiled today the names of its 2019 class of Hall of Fame inductees. Every year, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry over the span of their careers and beyond.
 
Bob Black, Garry D. Howard, “The Fly Jock” Tom Joyner, Wanda Lloyd and the members of the Washington Post Metro Seven will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Luncheon during NABJ’s National Convention & Career Fair in Miami on Friday, Aug.9, 2019, at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa – Aventura. Tickets can be purchased here.
 
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“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees have made significant contributions to not only their respective fields within the journalism community but also in the black community worldwide,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “They have blazed trails and opened doors that have helped black journalists who have come after them to thrive and survive in the industry.”

 

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Current NABJ members in good standing, and eligible to vote as of June 1, will receive voting instructions via email on July 1. Your vote is crucial in determining our association’s future. This year, members are asked to vote on proposed amendments to our Constitution and the candidates of their choice vying for seats on the NABJ Board of Directors.
 
Click here for more information about elections and voting eligibility requirements. If you are an eligible voter, remember to watch your email for voting details. Please check your spam and clutter folders for missed emails.

 

Voters will not be able to vote until first entering their personal username and password that is within the email(s) sent to them by the elections company via membership@nabj.org.
 
Voting is open on July 1 through 5 p.m. on Aug. 9. Please read the instructions to securely log in and vote. You can vote from any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. 
 
  • You may view elections information and rules here.
  • As you vote, please consider that casting your ballot will help to shape the future direction of our association.
  • You can learn more about the candidates for the NABJ Board of Directors here
  • You will also be asked to vote on amendments to our constitution, which can be found here.

 

Urgent Message: Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel Concerns

  

June 28, 2019 - The Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Aventura Mall, a Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recommended facility located across the street from the host hotel, informed us that a renovation project, that they did not previously disclose to us, would not be completed by the NABJ Convention. Therefore, our Convention attendees will not be able to be housed there.

 

We have certainly communicated that this is unacceptable. What is more concerning to us is that this is the second instance of an unexpected renovation issue with a Marriott facility that has created an inconvenience for our members and partners. The availability of overflow facilities was a major factor in going with the host hotel when the Board approved the host facility in early 2018.

 

So, here’s what is currently happening to accommodate those who had reservations at the Residence Inn by Marriott.We have met with the hotel property and urged them to make appropriate accommodations for our members and participants, this includes securing new rooms at reduced rates, free breakfast and bus transportation to and from the host hotel. Residence Inn management has confirmed that they have begun transferring reservations to the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel.

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CNN’s Recent Announced Promotions Come Amid Pressure

from NABJ and Community Supporters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2019) – Since the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) publicly called out CNN in March for its lack of diversity among news managers and senior executives, two hiring moves have been made this month. 

CNN’s latest announcement is the promotion of Marcus Mabry to Vice President of Global Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide. NABJ congratulates Mabry, who is a Lifetime Member and respected editor and journalist. He will oversee all digital programming efforts across CNN's platforms and products including CNN.com,edition.CNN.com, CNN Politics and CNN Business across mobile, social and desktop. Read NABJ’s congratulatory statement on Mabry here

Mabry’s promotion comes on the heels of CNN’s move last week to promote Johnita Due to SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of its Sports & News Division. NABJ’s response to CNN’s announcement and congratulatory message from last week can be found here.

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NABJ Lifetime Member Marcus Mabry Promoted to VP at CNN

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Lifetime Member Marcus Mabry, who was promoted this week to Vice President of Global Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide. Mabry will oversee all digital programming efforts across CNN's platforms and products including CNN.comedition.CNN.com, CNN Politics and CNN Business across mobile, social and desktop.

Mabry previously served as the head of CNN's mobile programming team and under his leadership, CNN broke several audience records.

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NABJ Names Alexi McCammond 2019 Emerging Journalist of the Year
McCammond, politics reporter at Axios, to be honored during #NABJ19
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2019) – Within a few months of joining Axios in 2017, Alexi McCammond quickly found herself emerging as a news leader – she was promoted from deputy news editor to national political reporter. It was her drive, tenacity and commitment to holding those in power accountable that allowed her to quickly emerge as a force in political journalism. Her unique style of reporting elevated her as a leading voice in the coverage of the 2018 mid-term elections, as well as the White House.

 

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NABJ: CNN’s Promotion of Diversity Officer
Still Leaves No Black Employees in News Leadership
Call Continues for Change in CNN’s Hiring and Promotion Practices
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2019) – CNN still has not made progress in hiring blacks in day-to-day senior news management positions. That's the finding of the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Media Monitoring Committee, which has been charged with monitoring the diversity and inclusion practices and hiring and promotion strategies of news companies like CNN.
 
It has been more than 100 days since NABJ called for an examination of diversity and inclusion practices among CNN's executive news management team. The absence of blacks in news decision-making roles impacts the network's ability to provide balanced perspectives from one of the most influential and largest consumer groups in the nation – the black community.

 

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NABJ Names Karen Attiah 2019 Journalist of the Year
Washington Post Global Opinions Editor to be Honored at #NABJ19
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2019) – “Bold, fearless and timely” are words used by fellow journalists to describe the work of Karen Attiah, the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalist of the Year. The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has amassed a distinguished body of work with extraordinary depth, scope and significance to the people of the African Diaspora.

 

The Journalist of the Year Award will be presented to Attiah during NABJ’s National Convention & Career Fair, which will be held Aug. 7-11 in Miami, Florida. More information is available at NABJConvention.com.

 

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NBC4 Names Renee Washington Vice President of News


NBC4 announced Thursday, June 6 that Renee Washington has been named Vice President of News for the station. Washington, who brings more than 20 years of broadcast television experience to the role, will report directly to Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of NBC4. Washington will begin her new post immediately.

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NABJ Responds to Atlantic Editor's Exclusively White Male Remarks


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2019) –  The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is concerned about The Atlantic's Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg's comments that suggest only white males can write a 10,000-word cover story. The top editor of a major publication should not express such a sexist and racially insensitive view.  

NABJ encourages The Atlantic to take a closer look at the myriad of opportunities available to hire black journalists - both women and men - who can produce impactful cover stories. We also submit that The Atlantic should invest in funding and developing programs that offer more opportunities to women and journalists of color in this arena.

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Get Hired & Network at #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2019)  –  The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is gearing up for the nation's largest job fair for journalists and media professionals of color. This year's Career Fair will be held in beautiful Miami, Florida at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, during the #NABJ19 Convention scheduled from Aug. 7-11. More than 70 corporations, organizations, institutions and other exhibitors will participate.

 

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NABJ President Visits Colombia to Meet with Afro-Colombian Journalists


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 29, 2019) – National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover is traveling throughout Colombia this week for a special trip to exchange ideas with and offer support to Afro-Colombian journalists. President Glover has expanded NABJ’s international footprint, and this trip marks a first for an NABJ president to South America. 
 
During NABJ’s 2016 joint convention with NAHJ in Washington, D.C., eight Afro-Colombian journalists met with President Glover and NABJ Board members to seek insight about NABJ’s mission and how it could impact their work and career development, as well as help promote inclusion for journalists of color in Colombia.

 

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NABJ Dedicates June 1 to Uplifting Black Men

and Examining How They are Portrayed in the Media

Third Year of Black Male Media Project Includes Events in the U.S. and Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2019) – While black men have made countless contributions to American society, how they are portrayed in the media often fails to tell their stories. From mug shots to biased descriptions, positive reflections of black men in the media continue to be an issue of concern across American newsrooms. 
 
To help combat the issue, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its third annual national Black Male Media Project (BMMP) day on June 1, with local events happening simultaneously in cities across the country.

 

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NABJ Opens Request for Proposals for 2023 & 2025 Convention Site Selection

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2019) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is officially opening its Request for Proposal (RFP) process for site selections for NABJ Conventions in 2023 and 2025.
 
Cities and hotels interested in hosting the annual convention may do so by requesting NABJ RFP criteria directly from NABJ's designee:
 
Ms. Ricki Shaw
Director of Global Accounts
HelmsBriscoe
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (770) 814-6800
Fax: (801) 720-8722

 

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NABJ to Honor WKRG’s First Black Anchor Mel Showers
with Journalist of Distinction Award

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2019) – During its 44th annual Convention and Career Fair held in Miami this August, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will honor
veteran journalist and community advocate Mel Showers with the 2019 Journalist of Distinction Award.
 
Retiring this week, after 50 years on air with WKRG News 5 in Mobile, Alabama, Showers is considered “the” broadcast veteran of his market. As a result of his tenure and impactful storytelling, he was inducted into the prestigious Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is a past winner of the Mobile Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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