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NABJ goes to China!!

Thursday, September 6, 2018  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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Washington, D.C. (Sept. 6, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) presents the NABJ China reporting mission from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2, 2018. The trip represents an expansion of NABJ's work abroad, offering members an opportunity for the first time to report from Asia. 
NABJ members are welcome to partake in this journey to Beijing and another Chinese city to be determined. Members of the Asian American Journalists Association and the AAJA-Asia chapter are also encouraged to join NABJ for this cross-cultural adventure. Pricing and additional details will be provided next week. A visit to the Great Wall and other landmarks will be included. The travel dates are firm so put in for your time off and secure your passport. NABJ expects to provide some scholarships to NABJ students. 
"With the NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China, NABJ will expand its international footprint for the first time in Asia. This journey is a terrific opportunity for NABJ to expand its reach and partnerships, and for members to provide perspective on policies that affect Americans at home and abroad," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "The trip also supports NABJ members who continue to be at the forefront of reporting on issues that impact black people across the diaspora and people of color."
The trip is in honor of Les Payne, NABJ founder and the 4th president of NABJ, for his revolutionary work to introduce NABJ members and students to foreign reporting experiences. Founder Payne passed away earlier this year. Over the past 30 years, more than 100 members have participated in NABJ-organized reporting missions abroad. Countries include Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, Morocco, Mozambique, Ghana, Jamaica, Bahamas and Cuba. 
Dozens of NABJ student members have participated in Student Projects at the United Nations as well as U.N. Youth Leadership Conferences in New York and abroad where NABJ was a key organizing partner. Notably, Founder Payne's daughter, Tamara, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is assisting with the China mission in honor of her father.
The NABJ China delegation will examine the emergence of China as the world's second largest economy; the impact of the Donald Trump administration's tariffs on China; environmental, health, child/family and education issues; how black and Chinese relations fare at home and/or abroad; and how China has expanded its footprint for trade and development in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. NABJ hopes to provide additional reporting experiences abroad over the next year pending partnership support and thus this trip is the first program of the NABJ Media Institute Global. 

NABJ Media Institute Global Training and Reporting Objectives 
  • Encourage and fuel foreign reporting among our members
  • Heighten NABJ's visibility as a major journalistic player among the issues of the day
  • Provide tangible skills training and career development opportunities
  • Establish and enhance one-on-one relationships with aspiring journalists and veteran
  • journalists
  • Scale the open exchange of ideas, best practices and leading information to journalism students, educators and practitioners, and
  • Work with like-minded journalism groups and partners
  • Provide cross-cultural experiences abroad for members 
Interested in traveling with NABJ to China? Express your interest and keep in touch with us about this adventure at: NabjChina@nabj.orgThere will be a limited number of spots available for NABJ members, AAJA members and nonmember guests. More details and pricing to come next week. Partnership inquiries may be directed to Kaylan Somerville at
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.

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