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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Member and Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill

NABJ mourns the loss of longtime member Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS’ NewsHour and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

 

I am saddened to hear of Gwen Ifill's passing. Gwen was a transformative voice among journalists.

Her professionalism and poise, coupled with an innate doggedness to report the story, reverberated throughout the industry,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “Gwen covered politics and the presidential race with class, wisdom and insight, separating her from the pack.”

 

Ifill, 61, joined PBS in 1999, reporting on politics for NewsHour and moderating Washington Week. In 2013 she was named co-anchor of PBS’ flagship evening news program along with Judy Woodruff.

 

She was one of the most successful journalists to make the transition from print to television. Earlier in her career, she reported for The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Boston Herald American. Later she was a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post




She went on to hold one of the most respected jobs in the industry as a White House correspondent for The New York Times. When she made the transition to television, she became the chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News in 1994.

 

“Gwen was the platinum standard for political journalists and she was such an inspiration to African-American women in the business,” said Washington Post staff writer and former NABJ President Vanessa Williams. “She was a tough, smart reporter, with a warm, generous spirit who never hesitated to help, financially and with her time and talents, when asked, whether by NABJ or by a student who approached her for a few words of advice and a selfie.”

 

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Journalism Organizations Send Joint Letter
To President-Elect Trump

NABJ is among 15 journalism organizations to issue a letter to President-elect Donald Trump.

Dear President-elect Trump,

We, a group of diverse journalism associations representing thousands of journalists from the nation's capital to every corner of the country, begin this letter on a hopeful note. Your administration is a blank slate and we are eager to work with you to perpetuate one of this nation's great strengths: our freedom of the press. 

As the new leader of the free world, we expect that you will preserve longstanding traditions that ensure coverage of the Trump presidency. The idea of a press pool that covers all of the president's movements is one that dates back to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. Every president of both parties has treated this important tradition with respect. 

The role of the press pool is critically important to our country, whose citizens depend on and deserve to know what the president is doing. This isn't about access for the press itself, it's about access for Americans in diverse communities across the country. Your constituents receive information from a variety of platforms to learn about what our president is doing.


Being president is an enormous responsibility and working with the White House Correspondents’ Association to ensure journalists' access is one small but important part of that. We call on you to commit to a protective press pool from now until the final day of your presidency. We respectfully ask you to instill a spirit of openness and transparency in your administration in many ways but first and foremost via the press pool. 


 

We also call for access to you via regular press conferences and pool sprays and to your key decision-makers. You have an opportunity as incoming president to set the tone for your staff speaking on the record for the sake of transparency. We also hope your administration will improve response rates to FOIA requests as a way to show the American people, and the world, that the republic belongs to the people.

A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders. We expect the traditions of White House press coverage to be upheld whether in Washington or elsewhere. Again we, a joint group of diverse journalism associations, speak as one as we respectfully ask that you take these steps to ensure access to our members covering your administration.

 

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NABJ Projects To End 2016 With $1 Million Surplus  

Success Due to Fiscal Management, Member and Partner Support

 

NABJ is set to end the year with a projected $1 million surplus – one of the highest in the organization’s 41-year history.

NABJ President Sarah Glover announced the historic news during the fall board meeting on Sunday. The unaudited amount represents a half million dollars more than what NABJ reported as the expected 2016 surplus during its national convention in August. The projected surplus is a result of disciplined fiscal management and a surge in convention registrations -- 3,209 NABJ registrants for the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention, which had a total of 3,890 attendees.

“I am very proud of the strong business practices NABJ put in place at the beginning of the year. Those efforts contributed to a projected million dollar-plus surplus for 2016. NABJ will meet my goal of no deficit in 2016,” Glover said.

 

I’m thankful for our partners and members who stepped up in a major way and helped us reach this historic milestone by supporting the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention and other NABJ programs. We could not have achieved these results without the NABJ family.

“We are working to ensure NABJ’s long-term financial health by focused efforts on zero-based budgeting and careful fiscal management -- watching expenses closely, securing new revenue, and making sound investments,” Glover added.

The organization’s current leadership inherited a significant deficit, prompting far-reaching media headlines that questioned the organization’s viability.



 

The reports of the association's demise were highly exaggerated. Not only is NABJ now in the black, it’s in a strong position to improve its savings and investments, operations, programs and partner relationships."

“NABJ is now in its strongest financial position in more than 20 years,” said NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry.

The 2013-15 NABJ board oversaw operations that resulted in a two-year deficit of $642,000. The 2015-17 NABJ board adopted zero-based budgeting this year to facilitate the turnaround.

While the organization has had a multi-million dollar revenue stream before, this is the first time in the organization’s history it will end the fiscal year with a surplus of more than a million dollars, according to NABJ Treasurer Greg Morrison and NABJ Finance Manager Nathaniel Chambers.
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