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Culminating the Historic Tenure of NABJ President Sarah Glover

Saturday, August 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
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From left, NABJ Presidents Condace Pressley, Barbara Ciara, Sarah Glover, Kathy Times and Bob Butler | Photo by AJ Shorter


 

Culminating the Historic Tenure of NABJ President Sarah Glover

 Expanding NABJ’s Cultural Footprint, Fiscal Impact and Programming Resources

 

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 12, 2019) -- Sarah J. Glover is wrapping up a historic tenure as the first two-term President of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a flair that reflects the determination and lasting vision of the 44 Founders of the illustrious organization.  A new constitutional change was enacted allowing for the first time a president to serve two-terms.

 It has been a whirlwind tenure for President Glover since she took the helm after her election in 2015 as the 21st President of NABJ during the organization’s 40th annual convention in Minneapolis. She hit the ground running, determined to “right the ship” by re-aligning NABJ’s financial structure with fiscal management and expanded fundraising tools. 

Also, according to the Pennsylvania native, she was determined to expand the presence and influence by elevating Black journalists and journalists of color throughout the African diaspora and around the globe. She also focused on finding common ground with all ethnicities to promote diversity, inclusion and fair coverage on social issues.

With over 4,100 attendees gathering at the 2019 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Miami; including top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, journalism educators, entrepreneurs, newsmakers and students, the Social Media Strategist for NBC Owned Television Stations in New York City closed out her administration with a significant fiscal report that includes record numbers in convention registration. 

“NABJ’s fiscal growth under the Glover administration is a tremendous accomplishment that will allow NABJ to maintain its commitment to our students,” Glover said. “As I leave office, I am very proud to fulfill one of my goals to significantly improve our financial sustainability.”  NABJ is poised to finish four consecutive years of surpluses.  That is the first time in the organization’s history.   The financial success allows the organization to endow its scholarship fund to assist deserving college students.

“I think it’s significant because it shows how NABJ is serious about the next generation of Black journalists,” said NABJ Founder Joe Davidson. 

NABJ President Sarah Glover at the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair | Photo by Michael K. Watts


President Glover became a skilled fundraiser. NABJ has not had $1 million on hand since 2009, when the stock market took a downturn, said Lee, a former treasurer and president. Since then, NABJ has slowly rebuilt its investment portfolio, which was buoyed by a record-setting convention in 2016 when the organization had a $1.2 million surplus. 

From leading a reporting delegation to the Great Wall in China and covering the influences of Asia on the global arena to spotlighting the importance of role models for Black males, President Glover has made major strides during her tenure that will provide long-term benefits for NABJ. Under her administration, NABJ has generated nearly $2 million in surplus funds.

In addition, President Glover traveled on her own to Colombia to meet with Afro-Colombian journalists to establish relationships and highlight the similarities and struggles of journalists of color globally. In other “firsts,” she traveled to Qatar to expand NABJ’s partnership footprint to the Middle East with Al Jazeera and met with Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations at UN headquarters.

As the #MeToo movement became a part of our national consciousness, President Glover quietly began engaging journalism stakeholders on the need for black women and women of color to be included in budding conversations and programs addressing #MeToo and the media. She also joined the Power Shift and the Press Forward boards of directors to that end.

Women’s Media Center co-founder and feminist advocate Gloria Steinem had this to say about Glover’s work, “I send my congratulations and gratitude to President Sarah Glover, and all the members of the National Association of Black Journalists, for making sure that women of color are as visible in the news as in the life of this country. No one can know the truth unless everyone who lives it can speak and be heard. Every single American owes you our gratitude and support.”

Other highlights during President Glover’s term include:

·       Provided leads instrumental in raising $1 million in cash revenue

·       Supported zero-based budgeting instrumental in expense control

·       Highest recorded membership number to date – 4,421 in March 2019

·       Record attendance at 2019 NABJ convention in Miami with more than 4,100 attendees

·       Instrumental in helping develop a 2017-2019 Strategic Plan that has been industry recognized 

·       Media industry advocacy with a focus on diversity in executive leadership

·       Advocated and helped develop a business-focused convention site selection process

·       Supported efforts to trademark the NABJ Logo

·       Began development of new mobile app and mobile website

·       Established NABJ Content Creators Grant

·       Revived Ethel Payne Fellowship

·       Renewed and expanded focus on the NABJ Media Institute and created new franchises: NABJ Tech Trek, Millennial Media Summit formerly Black Twitter, and Basics Bootcamp

·       Created gender inclusive membership categories

·       Executed joint agreements with National Association of Hispanic Journalists for conventions in 2016, 2020 and 2022

·       Instrumental in saving a life at a 2019 Miami board meeting·      

 

In other landmark decisions, Glover issued a request for the Associated Press to put the “B” in Black and update the AP Stylebook to capitalize the B in Black when referring to race, ethnicity or community. She also challenged the media industry to lessen the use of mug shot photographs and called for a Congressional Hearing on media diversity in executive ranks.

“It has been my distinct honor to serve as the 21st President of NABJ,” Glover said. “I appreciate the opportunity and will continue to be engaged and supportive of our beloved association.”

Glover is a graduate of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual degree in Photojournalism and African American Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her master’s from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Communication Studies.

President Glover is the first NABJ Baby to be elected president. She was reared by founders and former presidents and previously served as NABJ Secretary (two terms), NABJ Regional Director, President of the Philadelphia chapter (two terms) and also as parliamentarian and vice president of print in the Philadelphia chapter. 

 

“Sarah raised the bar for all future leaders of NABJ,” said former President Condace Pressley. “She took everything we poured into her and turned it into action. Her results say it all.”

 

Stay connected to President Glover at nabjpresident21.com.




 


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