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The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the list of certified candidates for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors: 



Ernest Owens
LGBTQ Editor and Columnist
Philadelphia Magazine
Philadelphia, PA

Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and columnist for Philadelphia magazine.
He is the CEO of Ernest Media Empire LLC, a freelance writing/communications company. He is a regular contributor for BET and The Grio and lives in Philadelphia.

B.A. in Communications & Public Service, University of Pennsylvania (2014); Certificate of Media Literacy Training, Philadelphia Community Access Media

Ernest Owens is an acclaimed national journalist and media advocate who champions diversity and inclusion in news coverage and the industry overall. His intersectional advocacy and work on exposing discrimination impacting Black communities has influenced policy change at the local level. His commitment to defending Black writers continues in his service as the founder of Millennial Media Makers of Color, a collective created to link emerging journalists to jobs and networks.

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Ernest Owens has extensive leadership positions and honors. Nationally, he currently serves as the chair of the NABJ Media Institute, co-chair of the NABJ Black Male Media Project, and co-chair of the NABJ LGBT Task force. Locally, he serves as the Board Secretary for Philadelphia Community Access Media and on the Board of Governors for the Pen & Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club. He was named the 2017 NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year and has received honors from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, James Aronson Social Justice Journalism awards, and many others.

I feel that I would make an exceptional candidate for NABJ Parliamentarian because of my diverse experience in both the profession and advocacy for Black journalists. As a professional freelancer, I understand the unique circumstances that Black journalists face while trying to stay employed and also cover our community. My platform is centered on providing all Black journalists in our industry access to better training, career options, and portfolio expansion through the bi-laws. Being parliamentarian, to me, looks like more Black journalists being connected and prepared to take on a changing media landscape.

  Listing Updated: May 3, 2018



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