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Nov. 20, 2019

Charles Barkley's comment to reporter Alexi McCammond, which included the words "I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you" is highly offensive and unacceptable. Additionally, when Ms. McCammond objected to his comment, she said he responded, "you can't take a joke." NABJ finds no humor in this case and calls on not only Barkley but everyone to refrain from using insulting language and actions that are threats of physical or mental abuse -- no matter how they are presented. We are grateful to Ms. McCammond, the 2019 NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year, for bringing this comment to light. NABJ does not condone any commentary, in any setting, that will disrespect or disregard women or that supports violence against anyone. 

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Our Statement on Alexi McCammond's 2012 Tweets can be found here.

Nov. 20, 2019

Update: Azuka has been released. We are awaiting updates.

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 NABJ is disheartened to learn that KNWA/FOX24 reporter Nkiruka Azuka has been sentenced to 10 days in jail with 7 days suspended, 6 months probation and a ban from covering a murder trial in a judge's courtroom, according to news reports. NABJ believes the sentence is excessive.

As reported by her station, Azuka is being jailed for a simple oversight, that she apologized for, which occurred while working on a news assignment. She stated that she was unaware of a court's rule that did not permit her to record while reporting on a murder trial. She later confirmed that she did not publish the recordings.

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Nov. 13, 2019

I am impressed with The Daily Northwestern Editor Troy Closson's efforts to manage the recent backlash of his paper's coverage of the Jeff Sessions event and protests. I doubt he will make the same mistakes again, and that's okay -- that's how we grow. - Dorothy Tucker

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Nov. 11, 2019

Northwestern University, in partnership with Reuters and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), has launched a new scholarship program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. 

“Reuters and Medill are two of the most influential forgers in journalism,” said NABJ President and Northwestern alumnus Dorothy Tucker. “I am thrilled about the impact this scholarship will have on our student members and for generations to come. Now more than ever, we need these types of partnerships to further the cause of media diversity and strengthen the field of journalism.” Read more here.

 

Oct. 31, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today announced the Board of Directors’ selections for the host cities of the association's National Convention & Career Fair for 2023 through 2026. 
 
They are:
 
  • 2023 - Birmingham
  • 2024 - Chicago 
  • 2025 - Cleveland
  • 2026 - Atlanta 
 
Previously announced convention cities include Washington, D.C. in 2020, Houston in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022. Read more here.

 

Read more information on The Philly Letter here (Nov. 7, 2019)

 

Oct. 29, 2019

Before kicking off its fall meeting in Los Angeles, the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) Board of Directors held its inaugural #NABJAdvocacy Day on Oct. 25. Led by President Dorothy Tucker, Board members and Executive Director Drew Berry visited local newsrooms, national network headquarters, publishing companies, PR firms and spent time with several Black Press newspapers. NABJ Journal Editor Kathy Chaney also participated in meetings. Read more here.

 

 Oct. 28, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Congressman Conyers was one of the longest-serving members of Congress. He was committed to civil rights and made history as one of six Black congresspersons to win during a 1964 election. He was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. Read more here.

 

Oct. 23, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds the U.S. Postal Service for memorializing the life and legacy of NABJ member and Hall of Famer Gwen Ifill. 

Ifill, who passed in November 2016, will be featured on the 43rd stamp in the USPS Black Heritage Series, which will be a commemorative “forever” stamp. It will be issued in 2020. In announcing the stamp, the USPS said Ifill was “a trailblazer.” Read more here.

 

 

Oct. 17, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an inspirational leader and trailblazer. Rep. Cummings was a friend and champion of NABJ and its cause of media diversity.

A passionate advocate for civil rights, Cummings also fearlessly chaired the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Maryland's Seventh Congressional District since 1996. Read more here.

 


Oct. 16, 2019
 
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Dorothy Tucker has appointed Kathy Chaney as the editor of the NABJ Journal. Chaney is a veteran and award-winning, multiplatform journalist, editor and executive.
 
The Journal serves as NABJ’s official publication for organizational, member and industry news and is distributed nationally. Chaney will also serve as the editor of the NABJ Bulletin. The Bulletin will be a monthly email newsletter distributed to members and partners during the second week of each month. The newsletter will begin publication in January 2020. Read more here.

 

Oct. 11, 2019
 
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates our 2019 scholarship recipients. NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism or media-related fields. This year, NABJ awarded $80,000 in scholarships with the help of our members, supporters and partners. Read more here.

 

Oct. 7, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joins the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and numerous other civil rights organizations in urging Comcast and the Supreme Court to not dismantle the critical protections provided under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The potential outcome of Comcast’s urging of the Supreme Court to undo equal opportunity protections afforded under the Act could impact our more than 4,000 members, as well as Black media professionals and entrepreneurs nationwide. Read more here.

 

Sept. 30, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) celebrates the life of William H. Lee, Ph.D., a longtime advocate for black journalists and co-founder and publisher of the Sacramento Observer, who passed on Sept. 22. Lee was a champion for ensuring that black media professionals have equal access as members of the working press. Read more here.

 

Sept. 21, 2019

Now you can experience, read, watch or hear the award-winning work of our 2019 Salute to Excellence winners. Simply click on the link of their winning submission and enjoy! The Salute to Excellence Awards highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in collegiate, digital, print, television, radio, photojournalism, podcasting and public relations/marketing categories. The winners were announced during NABJ's record-breaking Convention & Career Fair in Miami, Florida in August. Read more here.

  

Sept. 12, 2019 

The highest-ranking black executive at FOX Business Network (FBN) has stepped down, according to The Associated Press.

 

Today, FBN announced that Brian Jones departed as president and was replaced with Lauren Petterson, who previously served as FOX News’ senior vice president of morning programming and talent development. Read more here.

 

Sept. 10, 2019

The #naturalhaironair photo featuring NABJ members, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker (center) and Region II Director Sia Nyorkor, which was captured at the #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair, has won the hearts of America and gone VIRAL! Find out why. Read more here.

 


  

Sept. 1, 2019 

Dear NABJ Members,
 
We are disappointed and disturbed about the recent and frequent inappropriate actions and growing use of photos, artwork, language and videos that are culturally offensive and insensitive in today’s media landscape. Many believe the current racial climate may be one driver of what appears to be a surge in such activities. Other times, it is simply ignorance of cultural sensitivities, blatant disregard or a lack of training.  Read more from President Tucker here.



Aug. 29, 2019

NABJ has already reached out to Hearst, the owners of KOCO-TV in Oklahoma, City, and we are preparing to take steps that will not only help the television station but the industry as a whole reduce the likelihood of such egregious incidents. Upon reviewing the footage, several other issues were immediately noticed .... Read more from President Tucker here.

 

Aug. 26, 2019

NABJ extends heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Donna Davis, a veteran TV journalist. She served as a news anchor and reporter at WMC Action News 5 in Memphis, Tennessee until 2008.  She passed on Sunday afternoon. Read more here.

 

Aug. 22, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) extends its condolences, prayers and thoughts to the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards. Read more here.

 

Aug. 16, 2019
 
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is mourning the loss of veteran New Orleans journalist and WVUE FOX 8 News anchor Nancy Parker. Beloved by her community, Parker, 53, served as an anchor on daily newscasts at FOX 8 for more than 20 years. She passed in a small plane crash while working on a story in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon. The plane’s pilot also passed.  Read more here

 

Aug. 14, 2019

We are surveying members to analyze how satisfied black journalists and communicators are in their respective workplaces. We will use the data to report on the state of our industry and the concerns of our members, as well as encourage print, digital, broadcast, media-related and educational companies and organizations to make better decisions in matters of diversity and inclusion. Take the survey here.

 

Aug. 13, 2019 

Dear NABJ Members:
 
Thank you for entrusting me with your vote and your confidence in my ability to lead NABJ into the future. I am humbled, excited and will work hard to earn every vote that was cast. Now more than ever, our members need and deserve affordable and accessible resources designed to help them excel and navigate in our ever-changing industry. Read more from President Tucker here.

 

Aug. 9, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected its Vice President-Broadcast, Dorothy Tucker as the 22nd President of the Association. Tucker, an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago garnered411 votes, defeating Gregory Lee Jr., senior managing director of the Athletic, (203 votes); and Marlon Walker, education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (138 Votes).
 
Tucker joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Prior to that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, CO, REG-TV in Memphis, TN (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, IL. at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. Tucker previously served on the NABJ Board of Directors as Region V Director.
 
"I talk for a living, but I am speechless...I am humbled by your support over the last few months," said Tucker. "One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone."

 

Read more about our new Board members and other voting matters here.

 

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