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President's Corner: An Update on the First 90 Days

Thursday, November 17, 2011   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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Dear NABJ Family,

The new board of directors has been in office for 90 days and I write to share an update on our successes thus far.

NABJ's leadership is hard at work making NABJ indispensable to you the members: creating projects and programs that will bolster the strength of NABJ, push for jobs, create training opportunities and advocate for better representation of African-Americans in media coverage.

We need your help and we want you to be involved in the leadership of what is truly your association. I want to personally thank those who were elected task force chairs or those who accepted my appointment to be a committee chair. Please take a moment to review your NABJ Committee and Task Force Leadership. I encourage you reach out to them to volunteer your time and talents, or to share your ideas about how to help NABJ become an even better organization.

We also recognize the importance of our chapters, and we are committed to providing them with the support needed to thrive and flourish. Our NABJ Chapter Handbook may help answer some questions that chapter leaders may have. 

NABJ continues to champion diversity, and we take seriously our role of serving as the watchdog over media outlets that we do not feel place diversity at the forefront. Know that NABJ is committed to speaking up, speaking out, and wants to offer real solutions to the problems we see. Feel free to contact your board leadership or our  Media Monitoring Chair, Eric Deggans, with issues you feel should be brought to NABJ's attention.


Planning efforts for the 2012 Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans, June 20-24 are well underway. This year's convention theme is "#NABJ12: New Platforms. New Directions. New Orleans". On behalf of NABJ's Convention Programming Committee, Board of Directors, and staff I thank you for the emails and the phone calls that are pouring in to make the 2012 convention a success. Our honorary convention chairwoman, Paula Madison,Convention Chairman Rod Hicks, and our Program Chair Benet Wilson, have been hard at work. Information on how to register, purchase tickets to events, and book your hotel room can be found here. 

A tentative convention schedule can be found here as well. Book your travel early.

Additionally, information on how to submit your best work for the 2012 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards can be found here. Submissions are due by January 9, 2012. 

Look for more e-blasts and tweets from NABJ as we gear up for more great programming and training this winter and throughout next year. We just had a successful training last week with our Third Annual Media Institute for Media Professional & Entrepreneurs. Thank you to everyone who attended. For a recap of the day, check out our Storify. 

Also mark your calendar for January 26, 2012, for our Annual Hall of Fame Awards Gala at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where we will induct five legendary journalists into our Hall of Fame, NABJ's highest honor. Our 2012 honorees include: Gwen Ifill, Pat Harvey, Ruth Allen Ollison, Johnathan Rodgers, Wallace Terry, and we will also bestow our Ida B. Wells award that evening.  Additional information on our honorees and details on how to purchase tickets can be found here.  We hope to see you there!

Lastly, keep a constant eye out for more membership and convention savings on our Web site, www.nabj.orgFacebookTwitter and in e-mail blasts. Please don't hesitate to share information you find. 



 greg lee siganture


Gregory Lee Jr.


National Association of Black Journalists


Twitter: @nabjprez2011



Russell A. LaCour says...
Posted Monday, November 28, 2011
There's a lot to be thankful for. NABJ is in great hands. Thanks for the Chapter Handbook. Thanks to Sarah Glover for leading the heavy lifting to make it happen. As a committee member it is rewarding to see the result of hard work come to fruition. I hope that dormant chapters will take a look at the handbook and use it as a guideline to rebuild. Even successful chapters can improve from the tips found in the handbook. Have a great year!

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