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A Message from NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry

Monday, August 3, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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A Message from NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry

Because of new financial strategies, a plethora of new and existing partners, sponsors, and donors, we are officially going to exceed our revenue goals and will have far fewer expenses this year.

In other words, “we will meet our budgeted revenue goals. That is impressive in the COVID-19 environment,” said NABJ Finance Director Nate Chambers.

NABJ’s Development Director JoAnne Lyons Wooten added that “No one funder made this happen. It was a collection of companies, organizations, and people who believe in what this organization is doing.”

NABJ had planned to make that announcement at the convention but decided to do it now on the heels of our impressive combined NABJ-NAHJ registration numbers, which are now at 3,713 (three thousand seven hundred thirteen).

Additionally, funders are helping NABJ launch a major initiative. More on that in the next couple of weeks.

In summary, successful new financial strategies, new funders, repeat funders (some of which are increasing their investment with us), and dramatic expense savings with our new strategies will make this a historic year. Thank you, NABJ and NAHJ supporters for what is going to be a spectacular year, as we look to expand our offerings in training and content generation.


Jackie Greene says...
Posted Friday, August 7, 2020
Congratulations! This is fantastic news! Thank you to everyone who participated in the effort to make the convention and year an educational and financial success. This is a new path forward for NABJ! For years, NABJ struggled to make major changes to the annual convention structure. For many of us (mostly the old heads), the conference was like “homecoming” that special time when you got to see long-time friends, share strategies for coping for another year and yes, to be inspired. We realize now that with COVID-19 and the Racial Justice unrest that are sweeping the country coming together is more important than ever before. We need to fortify our minds and bodies against the virus, but also attacks made on twitter that seek to undermine our credibility as journalists and people of color. Coming together in-person and in this case virtually is important because collectively we are stronger and we all need to be reminded that it is okay to “speak truth to power.”

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