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Meet Your Candidates for #NABJ19 Elections

Wednesday, July 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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For eligible members, with membership in good standing as of June 1, the NABJ voting ballot is now open.Eligible members should be in receipt of voting information and instructions, which were sent via email beginning July 1.


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Voting is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.Please read the instructions to securely log in and vote. You can vote from any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.You may view elections information and rules here.


As you vote, please consider that casting your ballot will help to shape the future direction of our association. You can learn more about the candidates for the NABJ Board of Directors here.


You will also be asked to vote on amendments to our constitution, which can be found here.
Certified Candidates for #NABJ19 Elections
Why Gregory Lee?
By Sherrod Blakely, NABJ Sports Task Force Chair
Greg Lee has been an example of what leadership should be about when it comes to NABJ. He has worked tirelessly to not just promote the NABJ brand, but also as an advocate for diversity in the workplace.
Greg was one of the driving forces behind the Sports Task Force's efforts in bringing about more inclusiveness with the popular sports site, The Athletic. And his work with the Sports Journalism Institute, as well as the financial arm of NABJ, speaks to both his commitment to the organization but just as important, the ability to lead in various areas of importance such as membership, mentorship and finances.
Why Greg for President?
Because he has a proven track record of accomplishment, a clear vision for this organization going forward and the ability to unite the different groups within our NABJ family. Those traits collectively will enable this organization to continue on its current path of success with him as our President.
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  • Created NABJ Producers Database to connect members to news managers looking to hire.
Jobs Goals:
  • Establish an editors and freelancers Database
  • Increase training webinars
  • Offer professional development and networking opportunities to veteran members looking to increase or transfer their skills to other industries.
  • Met with top network managers at CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and CNBC to push for more African Americans in upper management. Since 2017, CBS and NBC have each hired or promoted five African Americans to top positions.
Advocacy Goals:
  • To broaden advocacy outreach to print, digital, national sports networks and non-network companies.
Service Goals:
  • Establish an Entrepreneurial Academy to support freelancers. Seek partnerships with Nexis/Lexis,, Documentcloud andLynda.comto provide members free or low-cost access.
  • Produce annual report card that grades media companies on hiring, promotions, retention, etc.
  • Helped NABJ recover from $400,000 deficit and reach $1.2 million in surplus.
  • Secured $75,000 Uber partnership.
Financial Goal: Affordability
  • Reduce Board expenditures and redirect monies to offer more discounts to members.
  • Raise funds through a targeted campaign to offer more hardship scholarships.
I’ve spent four years talking to you and working to develop programming that fits our collective needs.
Now, I want to be your President and build on that momentum. I’m the only candidate currently elevating younger members to leadership poststechnically, I’m a millennial, so maybe it just comes naturally. By growing our voice to include people both younger and older, we will allow more people to benefit from NABJ’s resources.
Since I joined the Board in 2015, I’ve:
✔️Established “The Basics Bootcamp” for targeted networking and opportunities for all journalists, especially those in college, early in their careers as well as those looking to re-enter the business
✔️Established The Freelancers Task Force after advocating for independent contractors fighting for missing pay as part of #EbonyOwes. Created a database of freelancers from the group, upon request, to make available to hiring managers
✔️Appointed younger members to lead NABJ task forces to further diversify our leadership model
✔️Made decisions as a member of the National Board of Directors that has seen the organization attain three consecutive fiscal surpluses
Now, it is time to put our members first. I hope to lead the way.
Happy voting! #Marlon4NABJPrez
I thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve. Broadcast journalism has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Newsrooms are shrinking and we are asked to do more than ever. More content is going to streaming services and digital mediums. The need for great storytellers hasn’t vanished.
It has been my mission as NABJ Region III Director to provide services that help journalists take control of their careers.
  • I work regularly with knowledgeable journalists to find new ways to help those we serve. I work to advocate for good talent, to remind managers that content from a black perspective is vital, and call out outlets that fail to value diversity.
  • I have had the honor to serve as chapter president in Charlotte, as convention program committee vice-chair, as chair of the Council of Presidents, as the Black Male Media Project co-chair and Region III Director.
  • I am a two-time Emmy, two-time AP and Edward R Murrow Award-winning journalist, who teaches news writing and I am a mentor.
  • I understand broadcast journalism. I know how to build programs. I am ready to work with you to create opportunities and strengthen careers.
I am running for NABJ Secretary because I not only have the experience to do the job at hand, but because I can offer more.
Here are five things my platform speaks to that you should take into consideration:
  • More transparency and public accountability from the Board to our members that will be frequent and encouraged.
  • More training opportunities for members at all levels to increase engagement across the board.
  • More advocacy and measures to improve the support of our task forces and committees via funding, promotion, and consulting to produce more active participation.
  • More intentional mentoring to cultivate a strong leadership pipeline to ensure prosperity for NABJ for years to come.
  • More focus on our strategic plan goals in order to continue diversifying the partnerships that matter to members the most.
NABJ members,
I hope that you will vote for me. Currently as NABJ’s Secretary, in addition to keeping accurate and thorough records of the Board and business meetings, I have continued to work in the best interest of this great organization.This is important to note because the secretary position is about so much more than taking minutes.
Using my experience as a manager, award-winning journalist, and educator; I have focused on NABJ’s mission and strategic plan, as well as the issues that members, or the industry, present. As I continue to work with our leadership addressing industry-related issues, I am inclusive and forward-thinking.
I also remain involved by being active with my local chapter, DFW-ABJ.I mentor and provide scholarships for students, assist in employment searches, help professors prepare for tenure, and represent NABJ in boardrooms, classrooms and communities.
It is imperative that NABJ continues to have visionary leadership on the Board. I bring years of experience in the industry, across all platforms and I am a proven leader and consensus builder.
Remember, this election is about SO much more than the minutes!
Vote Cheryl Smith, NABJ Secretary!
Tory N. Parrish
For NABJ Region I Director 2019-21
Service, Support, Skills.
I am a problem solver and former chapter president who can offer practical experience to Region I chapters.
  • Chapter Support: Establish monthly online/phone sessions in which chapter leaders and subject experts share best practices.
  • Professional Development: Establish a monthly series in which professionals lead online/phone sessions on technology, freelancing, workplace conflict, etc.
  • Student Mentorship: Create a database of NABJ professionals who’ll help young journalists of color navigate their careers’ early stages.
  • Build on Region I Conference’s Strength: Expand fundraising and include more Region I members on session development.
  • NABJ Region I deputy director who helped plan the successful regional conference at Hampton University in April.
  • Business reporter at Newsday in Melville, N.Y.; 16 years of journalism experience.
  • Served two terms as president of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, an NABJ chapter undergoing serious financial and operational challenges when I was first elected in 2014.
  • Accomplishments during my presidential tenure include introducing a professional development series and newsletter; establishing partnerships on media-related programs; and tightening spending and financial oversight.
  • NABJ named PBMF professional chapter of the year in 2015 (tie) and 2017.
Hello, fellow NABJers!
I’m Rod Carter, weekend anchor at WFLA in Tampa.
I’m hoping to become your next Region III Director.
I pride myself on being a true servant leader who dedicates time and talent to giving back ... from emceeing or moderating dozens of events in Tampa Bay, to my commitment to serving on a number of boards, I have always been a person who believes in giving back. NABJ is no exception.
I have served in several capacities including, immediate past president of the Tampa chapter, past vice president of broadcast for the Tampa and Birmingham chapters and past Deputy Director for Region III.


I am dedicated to advocating for journalists of color and have a strong passion for student journalists, as evidenced by my continued service as lead instructor for the NABJ Short Course at Florida A&M for more than a decade.
As Region III Director, I would be committed to continued training for journalists through close associations at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. I believe in accountability within the organization and would push for renewed investment in training for future news professionals.
Learn more about me and my work at


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