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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.

 

  

 

  

NABJ Applauds CBS News Changes, Elevation of Minorities & Women in Leading Roles

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds CBS News’ ongoing efforts to underscore its commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity across its news operations. According to Variety, CBS’ recent promotions place women at the center of most of CBS News’ flagship programs and in top producer roles at many shows.

 

Today, CBS News announced that Gayle King will serve as the main anchor of a revamped “CBS This Morning” team. The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that King’s salary has doubled to $11 million. Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will join King as a part of the new “CBS This Morning” anchor lineup.


CBS News also named Norah O’Donnell anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News."

 

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Baltimore Association of Black Journalists Official Statement on

WJZ-TV Anchor Mary Bubala’s Racist and Sexist Question

 

BALTIMORE (May 6, 2019) -- It is with great concern that the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists (BABJ) responds to the controversy surrounding the racist and sexist question by WJZ-TV anchor Mary Bubala to Loyola College professor and WEAA-FM host Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead on May 2, 2019. “The question I have for you. We have had three female African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants.

Two resigned though. Is it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?” This question implies race and gender are qualifiers in one’s ability to lead while also demonizing African-Americans and women as poor leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2019) - Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joined a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities. The coalition demanded that DHS address alarming reports of surveillance activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that jeopardizes First Amendment rights and access to legal counsel, and may violate the Privacy Act of 1974.

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Photo credit: Skyler Glover
Pictured from left: Honorees Eaddy, Blackwell, Glover, Sulmers

 

NABJ President Sarah Glover Honored by Sharpton, NAN

 

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover was honored by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) earlier this month. Glover was recognized by the civil rights activist, talk show host and minister during the Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon held at the NAN annual convention in New York City. According to NAN, Glover was saluted for her journey as a journalism professional and leader fighting for diversity and inclusion in the media industry. 

 

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NABJ Founder Joe Davidson to be Inducted into D.C. Hall of Fame

  

The Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Society, Inc., has announced that National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) co-founder Joe Davidson will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 28, at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Davidson will be inducted in the communications category for his resounding impact and life-long work in the field of journalism. Davidson, who was among the 44 men and women who established NABJ in 1975, currently lends his expertise to The Washington Post and writes the Federal Insider column, formerly known as the Federal Diary. 

 

 

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NABJ Salutes Pulitzer Prize Winners

 

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Brent Staples of the New York Times Editorial Board for being awarded the prestigious 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing. According to a New York Times editorial board post celebrating the announcement, Staples’ “work tackled head-on the uncomfortable truths about race in America.”

NABJ also salutes Darrin Bell, the first African American to have two nationally syndicated cartoons. He was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer for editorial cartoons. His work is shared via the Washington Post Writers Group.

 

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NABJ Leaders React to Johnson Publishing Bankruptcy 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2019)  For 70 years, Johnson Publishing provided black families with a piece of history to call their own," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "EBONY, and then JET, were coffee-table mainstays sharing stories from black communities often underserved by their local mainstream media organizations. My hope is Fashion Fair and the magazine archives are not affected by this move."

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#NABJ19 Official Logo Unveiled

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2019) – As we prepare to gather in the bright and beautiful city of Miami, this year our President and NABJ staff worked to ensure that our #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair logo represented our theme boldly, while also paying homage to the city that will host us.
 

 

Developed by award-winning graphic designer Sheldon Sneed, the color scheme and shape of this year’s logo pays homage to the historic Miami art deco style of the 1920-1940s, which spurred the infusion of pastel colors and neon lights. The color scheme also draws from the popular retro Miami style of the 1980s ( think Miami Vice).

 

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NABJ Announces 2019 Convention Theme

#NABJ19 theme creators and contest winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2019) – As the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convenes the nation’s largest journalism jobs career fair this August in Miami, it is vital that NABJ continues to live up to its trailblazing roots, which our beloved founders started 44 years ago. Now, more than ever, advocacy must be at the forefront of all that we do, as more than 50 years after the civil rights movement we are still fighting for seats at the table for black journalists and other minorities. 
 
NABJ is pleased to announce that this year’s theme for the #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair in sunny Miami, Florida is “Fight the Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.”

NABJ President Sarah Glover invited members to create this year's convention theme. There were not one but three winners as the final theme was a compilation of ideas put forth by Michael W. Douglas, Sybril Brown and Damaso Reyes. Each of them will receive complimentary registration toward this year’s convention for their contributions.  

 

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Certified Candidates for the 2019 NABJ Elections Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 5, 2019) – The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the list of certified candidates for the 2019-2021 Board of Directors.

 

To review the candidates' information and platform goals, as well as the rules and deadlines, please visit the elections page on the NABJ website here.

Saturday, June 1, is the deadline for current or lapsed members to renew their membership, or for first-time members to join, in order to be eligible to vote via the following options:

  • Mail-in voting before this year's convention
  • Electronic voting before and during the convention
  • Election Day voting at the convention

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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Distinguished Educator,

Journalist Lorraine Branham

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2019) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is mourning the loss of longtime member, friend and journalism educator Lorraine Branham, Syracuse University's journalism school dean. Branham passed today after a battle with cancer. She was 66 and a Philadelphia native.
 
Branam has impacted the lives of thousands of journalists and, according to Syracuse, took over as dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2008. She was the first female and the first person of color to occupy the position. Branham also lent her expertise and passion in previous roles, including leading the journalism school at the University of Texas at Austin.
 

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Funeral service details are here.

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Bernadette Brown and Maria Douglas Reeve

Named #NABJ19 Program Chairs

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (April 1, 2019) – National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover today announced the addition of Bernadette Brown and Maria Douglas Reeve to the #NABJ19 Convention and Career Fair planning and leadership team. Both Brown and Reeve will serve as program chairs.


“I am excited about the breadth of experience and dedication that Bernadette and Maria will bring to this year’s convention,” said President Glover. “The caliber of programming NABJ conventions offer is recognized nationally and we can’t wait for our members to see what we have in store this year!”

 

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Delta Sigma Theta Adds to Millions Supporting

NABJ’s Campaign for Change at CNN

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 28, 2019) – With more than 300,000 initiated members and more than 900 chapters worldwide, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is joining the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) in its campaign for change at CNN. The news network has been found, in recent years and based upon preliminary research by NABJ, to fail to hire or promote black employees within its news leadership ranks. Delta Sigma Theta adds to millions of voices worldwide supporting NABJ’s cause.

 

NABJ has requested meetings with executives at CNN and AT&T, its parent company. NABJ has also requested that AT&T conduct a civil rights audit of CNN’s hiring and promotion practices. In addition, NABJ has placed CNN on a special media monitoring list.

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Fraternity Omega Psi Phi Joins NABJ’s Fight for Diversity at CNN

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2019)  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., has joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in its call for changes in the hiring practices of black news executives at CNN.
 
In a statement issued by the fraternity earlier this month, the Omega Psi Phi Grand Basileus David E. Marion, Ph.D., said: “….It was alarming to learn that CNN has no black journalists in numerous key news leadership positions. While we applaud black journalists in on-air anchor and reporting roles, we know that those behind the camera in significant leadership positions are the ones who determine and shape news coverage. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supports the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) call for greater diversity in CNN’s news leadership ranks.”

 

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NABJ Elections Candidate Declaration Deadline is March 25

A Message from the Elections Committee Chair

Are you ready to serve? The NABJ Elections Committee is accepting filings for the 2019-2021 NABJ Board of Directors. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. EST on Monday, March 25, 2019. We will be electing a new President, Vice President-Broadcast, Vice President-Digital, Secretary, Student Representative, Region I Director and Region III Director.
 
Any member seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must submit a declaration packet HERE by Monday, March 25, 2019, at 5 p.m., EST.

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NABJ Updates Gender ID Categories to Ensure More Inclusivity of LGBTQ+ Members


WASHINGTON, D.C. ( March 21, 2019)  –   National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members may have recently noticed some important changes on organizational forms.  

In alignment with our commitment to promoting diversity, NABJ is pleased to announce updates to our gender categories.

“We proudly make these changes as we further our continued efforts to embrace inclusion within the nation’s largest association for journalists of color,” said President Sarah Glover. “The Board’s decision to implement these efforts was made to support inclusivity for all members and we are grateful to the LGBTQ Task Force for inspiring this decision.”

NABJ launched new gender identity categories on the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair registration form and these changes will also be seen on future surveys and member-related forms used by our organization.

 

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Congressional Black Caucus Joins NABJ’s Call for Change at CNN

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2019) – The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has joined the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) call for more diversity in executive news leadership at CNN.

“The CBC stands firmly with NABJ and asks that CNN implement policies that allow African Americans to obtain equal representation within the newsroom,” said Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) in a statement. “A newsroom that looks as diverse as America has the ability to raise awareness about issues impacting black and brown communities across the nation.”


The CBC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that seeks to advance the global black community.

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