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NABJ President Visits Colombia to Meet with Afro-Colombian Journalists

Wednesday, May 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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Meetings in Three Cities to be Held to Discuss Issues Facing Journalists of Color
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 29, 2019) – National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover is traveling throughout Colombia this week for a special trip to exchange ideas with and offer support to Afro-Colombian journalists. President Glover has expanded NABJ’s international footprint, and this trip marks a first for an NABJ president to South America. 
 
During NABJ’s 2016 joint convention with NAHJ in Washington, D.C., eight Afro-Colombian journalists met with President Glover and NABJ Board members to seek insight about NABJ’s mission and how it could impact their work and career development, as well as help promote inclusion for journalists of color in Colombia.
 
“I was deeply moved that a group of Afro-Colombian journalists would travel on their own to meet me in 2016. Now it’s time for me to return the gesture. I’m appreciative that I’m able to take some time off and still bring my passion for NABJ’s mission and goodwill to the people of Colombia,” said President Glover.
 
During her time in Colombia, President Glover will visit Bogotá, Cali and Medellin to learn more about Afro-Colombian culture and the issues facing black journalists in the country. While in Cali and Medellin this Saturday, she will participate in two special programs as a part of NABJ’s Black Male Media Project, held on June 1 worldwide, to promote better representation of black men and boys in the media and elevate the issues they unjustly face.
 
Glover’s trip comes at a special time in Colombia. This month marks the 168th anniversary of the Colombian Abolition of Slavery. May is also celebrated as Afro-Colombian Heritage Month, similar to Black History Month in the U.S. Also, there is an ongoing observance of the International Decade of People of African Descent as declared by the UN in 2014. The theme for the observance is “Recognition - Justice and Development.” Concurrently, former U.S. President Barack Obama will be speaking at the EXMA Conference, which is considered to be Colombia's largest marketing and business gathering.
 
"I am appreciative of the hospitality of our fellow journalists in Colombia," said President Glover. "NABJ is in the business of advocating for black journalists and journalists of color worldwide. I am eager to learn more from Afro-Colombian journalists and share insights on how NABJ can help support their needs. This is my first trip to the country, and I am excited about taking in the culture and getting to know the Colombian people and its leaders."
 
President Glover is working to identify cross-cultural opportunities for NABJ members and Afro-Colombian journalists and hopes to meet with media executives to discuss newsroom diversity. Follow along with #NABJColombia on social media.
 
Today, President Glover and Afro-Colombian journalists and professionals met at the U.S. Embassy. She also met with former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty at a minister's luncheon.

 

Other agenda items for the trip to Colombia include:
 
  • Visits to the Minister of Culture’s office and the Afro-Colombian Congressional Caucus and discussions about partnership linkages between journalism education at American historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Colombian institutions.
  • A conversation on the mass media and the Afro-descendant population (from advances to challenges), which will be held at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá.
  • Working meetings with groups of Afro-Colombian media professionals and representatives from other industries in each city Glover will visit.
  • Media appearances to discuss the importance of inclusion in journalism.
 
 
“The U.S. Embassy expresses its appreciation for the NABJ’s visit to Colombia and looks forward to exploring future areas of cooperation to promote diversity and inclusion in journalism in Colombia," said the U.S. embassy representative about President Glover's visit.

 

Media may contact press@nabj.org for additional information.

 

 Pictured: (Left and bottom right) NABJ President Glover with Afro-Colombian journalists and professionals at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. (Top right) President Glover received a warm welcome from the Afro-Colombian journalists community during a reception.


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