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NABJ Offers Aspiring Journalists Wardrobe Tips, Affordable Fashion

Wednesday, July 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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NABJ Offers Aspiring Journalists Wardrobe Tips, Affordable Fashion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2018) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has partnered with Michelle Fisher to provide wardrobe tips for the average working journalist, as well as nice, affordable clothes that won’t break the bank and still look good – for $5 each.

The Boutique Workshop that will take place during the 43rd Annual Convention and Career Fair August 1-5 in Detroit aims to provide journalists with tips all about clothes. It will focus on wardrobe essentials for on-air talent, tips to take your look from small market to network, and second-hand options to buy inexpensive clothes. The first Clothing Swap Fundraiser – where money raised will support the NABJ scholarship fund – will offer gently used clothes. Both cash and credit are accepted.

“Organizing a clothing swap for the NABJ convention has been on my heart for a few years now, and I'm very excited that it's finally happening this year at #NABJ18 in Detroit,” said Michelle Fisher, a
reporter at CBS Boston (WBZ-TV).

When asked what inspired her to create such an event, she said: “It's no secret that salaries in journalism can be very limited, especially when someone is just starting out. That was definitely the case for me when I was in school and during my first couple years on-air.”

At that time Fisher was on a tight budget yet still had to look presentable and professional. “Eventually I got really good at finding deals. I remember when I was interning at CNN in Los Angeles, someone who worked at the bureau complimented me and said ‘you're the best-dressed intern we've ever had.’ It was a huge compliment in itself, but I also thought it was cool because I was literally coming into work dressed in clothes that I had found on clearance and at second-hand shops.”

The Boutique Workshop will be held at the Renaissance Center during the convention in the Nicolet A Room on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 2:45-4:15 p.m. The clothes drop-off for the fundraiser will be anytime Wednesday through Friday, and the clothes swap will be Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Davinci Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I hope that people will leave the NABJ Boutique Workshop with useful shopping tips that will take some of the stress off of their wallets,” Fisher said.  “Similarly, I'm hopeful that our Clothing Swap Fundraiser will give people a few fresh things to wear on-air, and around their newsrooms.”

NABJ members attending the convention are asked to donate professional, gently used clothing, shoes and accessories.

About the National Association of Black Journalists: An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit

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