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NABJ Unveils New Strategic Plan 2017-2020



WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Board of Directors released the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 on the organization's website today.

"I am grateful for the experts and committee members who unselfishly invested their time to make the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 exemplary. Their passion and devotion have paved a surer future and clear direction for our organization," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "As we move to the next phase of work and adoption of the recommendations, NABJ will grow its footprint as a sound nonprofit association, digital journalism leader and strong advocate for media diversity and press freedom."

NABJ founders, former presidents, key stakeholders, chapter presidents, members


and partners contributed to the robust yearlong process funded by a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. This considerable investment enabled NABJ to chart a pathway to build upon its recent fiscal success, a projected  $1 million-plus surplus for 2016.

"The ability to produce news that is relevant to all of our nation's communities necessitates newsrooms that are as diverse as our country," said Barbara Raab, program officer in the Ford Foundation's Creativity & Free Expression program. "It is very encouraging that the NABJ will emerge as a stronger, more resilient organization at precisely the moment when establishing accountability and trust in our journalistic institutions is absolutely critical for our democracy."


NABJ has an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million and  a membership base of 3,500. By expanding its resources and diversifying its activities, NABJ will remain relevant, focused and flexible, while implementing the three-year strategic plan.
"We are pleased with the direction and pace of NABJ's growth and development," said NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry. "Steps we are taking today will ensure NABJ's viability and sustainability, as well as its relevance in an ever-changing industry for years to come."

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NABJ Board of Directors Names 10 Cities as Key to Successful Future Conventions

Organization gearing up for 2017 National Convention while operating in a budget surplus

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held its spring board meeting April 7-8 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel, site of the2017 NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair. Board members were joined by NABJ staff, members, local corporate host committee members and convention partners throughout the meeting.

"Gathering together in the host city for our 2017 convention provided an opportunity for the NABJ board to have a site visit, meet and greet potential local partners and sponsors, and continue planning what promises to be one of our best conventions yet while conducting other organization business," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We're excited about the work the NABJ board and staff continues to do. Our organization is operating with a surplus budget, a newly released strategic plan, and goals with aligned measurements and tactics. This is a great time for NABJ!"
Highlights from the board meeting include:
  • The NABJ Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, led by NABJ Founder William Dilday and NABJ Lifetime Member Dr. Sheila Brooks, outlined the committee's recommendations for future convention site selections following the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 directive. Based on past conventions and other performance metrics, the board accepted the committee's recommendation that identifies 10 cities for NABJ to explore as future convention sites. Although additional cities may bid through a Request for Proposal process and be considered, NABJ has identified 10 cities as locations likely to provide critical revenue generating opportunities for the organization and a successful convention experience for attendees.

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NABJ Launches Black Male Media Project to #InspireBlackMen

NABJ Calls on Chapters to Host Workshops Nationwide on June 10


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 7, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is launching a new program to help change the lives and images of black men in the news and in society. The NABJ Black Male Media Project is a nationwide effort to open doors and change the narrative of black men. 

The NABJ Black Male Media Project will launch its first program in various cities across the United States on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to.  

"NABJ has created the Black Male Media Project to combat the blotter-to-mugshot images of black male faces, and to create a fresh and real view of black men in America and across the diaspora," said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.

Participating chapters will promote the project using the hashtag #InspireBlackMen. Learning will be cultivated in various cities concurrently on social media platforms by the local chapters via echo comments, ideas, videos and photos.

The second phase of the NABJ Black Male Media Project will be a digital photography project showcased at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ members will be invited to share positive pictures of black men where they are, as they are. 




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