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NABJRoundUp - April2020
April 21, 2020 | Volume 1, Edition 2
The President's Corner
We're All in This Together:
The Results of Our Member Check-In Survey
Dear NABJ:
Thank you for reading this issue of the NABJ Roundup. As you know, COVID-19 developments have shifted all of our lives in one way or another. The month of March especially took many of us by surprise. So, we are grateful that our newsletter contributors have been able to make time in their schedules to assist us with getting an issue out to you this month. This month’s issue includes a visual revisit of our last event together, the NABJ Millennial Media Summit, reflections from our own members via Twitter about adapting to our new normal, and sound advice from our panel of experts to help you navigate the industry during this time. There are also some special announcements from our partners at Google and Facebook.

Your experiences as journalists during this pandemic are important to us. We know things are uncertain for many of you at this moment. We encourage any of you who have experienced layoffs or financial hardships to take advantage of our offer to extend membership at no cost to you for six months by emailing . We also remind you to spend time on our Career Center website at Our partners are adding new jobs almost every day. Remember to take advantage of our free webinars. Tomorrow we will host: "Remote Internships: Productive Strategies for Students & Employers During COVID-19." Register here.
Member Updates
Grant Opportunities for NABJ Members from Facebook and Google
We want our members to know about funding opportunities recently launched by our long-standing partners Facebook and Google.

Facebook Journalism Project (FJP): COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program
FJP is offering grant opportunities to publishers to help US local newsrooms continue serving communities during the coronavirus outbreak. Publishers can apply for relief grants through April 24, 2020. Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from $25,000-$100,000.

Additional information is available through this link, including a webinar about how to apply:

Google Journalism Emergency Relief Fund: Global Program to Support Local Newsrooms
Google is accepting applications April 17 - April 29, 2020 11:59 p.m. PT, and encourage newsrooms to apply as soon as possible. The simple application forms ask for basic information about your publication/organization and your intended use of the funds. To make the funds available as quickly as possible, Google will review applications and share decisions on a rolling basis. 

Drew Berry
NABJ Executive Director


Navigating #COVID19
Click the names below to see how members are adapting to their temporary new work normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Career Advice
The Experts: Jarrad Henderson, Enjoyiana Nururdin, Brandon Pope, Candi Meriwether, and Ernest Owens

Send questions to .

Q1. What are photo editors specifically looking for in a shooter's portfolio when they're considered for an assignment or a job?

A1. Jarrad: Editors across the country are looking for a variety of things in a shooters’ portfolio. In my experience as a shooter, editors want to see your ability to capture “the moment.” Whether in still or video photography, it is imperative to show your ability to be in the right place at the right time. It’s also important to remember that editors are selecting a shooter based on their style and ability. Having a portfolio that shows your visual vocabulary and also shows your ambition is important. It all comes down to: can you tell a story? What is your beginning, middle and end? Some people try to make it more complicated than that, but the reality is that if you can tell a story about someone/something, trying to get over something, and then end by stating if they do, or don’t, you’re already ahead of the game. Photography is subjective and some editors may feel you while others don’t. You can’t be discouraged. My ultimate advice to you is to keep working on your portfolio. Treat it as a living and breathing thing. It should always evolve. Continue to push yourself to make images despite having an assignment. That initiative, those reps, will pay off in the long run.

Q2. What are the best alternative ways to write stories without interviewing someone face-to-face.
A2. Enjoyiana: I really like using FaceTime/Skype/Zoom and a handy-dandy recorder. The same interviewing principles apply. I would shoot an email and let them know what the article is going to be about and peak their interest. Before actually interviewing make sure to test out audio and video before you get too deep into the interview and realize tech wasn’t working. What’s worked for me is interviewing via my laptop (FaceTime, no headphones) and record the audio via Otter (an app for phones) and/or on my iPad. Or you can try using recording software on your computer, but make sure there’s a backup.

Special Feature
#NABJMillennials Photo Recap
NABJ Student Rep Enjoyiana Nururdin covered the NABJ Millennial Media Summit. Here's a look (via photo) at one of NABJ's most popular training events held in New York City on March 7. Members of all backgrounds and disciplines participated in the summit, which was organized by the Young Journalists Task Force.
Task Force Notes
  • The NABJ Broadcast Task Force is asking members to email to get signed up for access to exclusive job referrals and training opportunities.
  • NABJ congratulates and thanks the Print, Broadcast, Freelance, Media-Related and Academic Task Forces, our Board members and four regions for hosting stellar national webinars to ensure our members are prepared and equipped to navigate COVID-19. (Get replay links below in #ICYMI.)
  • The Sports Task Force will host a webinar "Tips on How to Adjust to Covering Sports When No Games Are Being Played" on April 29. Register here.

Submit member news  here .

  • Ericka Wilson - Weeknight Producer at WHDH/7 News Boston
  • Clifton Kirkman II - Weekend Producer at ABC 12 in Flint, Michigan
  • Jeremy Thomas - Communications Manager for the City of Detroit’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Dawn Rhodes - Senior Editor at Block Club Chicago
  • Mitchell Smith - Executive Producer at WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham
  • Elise McGlothian - Media Advocacy Manager for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Vickie Thomas - Journalist of the Year by the African American Leadership Institute
  • Ken Coleman - 2019 Michigan Press Association multiple awardee
  • Kyle Inskeep - Evening Anchor at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati
  • Kimberley A. Martin - NFL reporter at ESPN
  • Bryan Monroe - 2020 Hall of Fame Class of the Silicon Valley Black Legends 
  • Walter Middlebrook - Foster Professor of Practice at Penn State
  • Ashleigh Wilson - Audience Data Analyst for the Houston Chronicle
  • Angelo Henderson - Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame (posthumously)
  • Christina Powell - Producer for Good Morning America

In Memoriam

  • Fletcher Clarke, Courier Journal
  • Donna Stewart, The Call (Kansas City)
  • Theodore Gaffney, Photographer
  • Eugene Kane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Darran Simon - Washington Post
  • Tony Greer - Good Morning America
  • Larry Edgeworth - NBC News
  • Frank Bond Jr. - Producer at The Newseum and former WBAL reporter
  • Lovell S. Beaulieu - Editorial writer and manager at several newspapers
  • Susan Watson - Longtime Detroit Free Press columnist
  • Charles Hobson - Emmy-winning producer
  • Wendell Goler - Longtime Fox News White House correspondent
  • Richard S. Holden - Dow Jones News Fund

Submit In Memoriam information  here .
NABJ History

Founder Allison Davis is giving us a glimpse into what NABJ documents looked like in its early days. Take a look below to see NABJ's original policy on making public statements. Please also note this c orrection from February's Issue: In the last NABJ Roundup, the date for the organization’s first national conference should’ve been October 2, 1976.
Collegiate Corner

  • Morgan State University’s chapter president issued a special message of hope in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic.
  • NABJ + Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship applications are due April 28.
  • The Georgia State University Chapter held a professional headshots session earlier this spring.
  • In early March, the North Carolina A&T chapter held the “Shaking the Table: Dispelling the Myths of Success” panel.
Morgan State
Job Opportunities

Chapter Happenings

Chicago - Earlier this spring, chapter members held a monthly Black Male Media Brunch with Broadcast Task Force co-chair Brandon Pope, Keith Reid-Cleveland, Hasani Henderson, Christian Bryant, Jamal Andress and Shawn Grant.

Los Angeles - In April, the chapter conducted student resume critiques. Feedback was received within a week of submission. 

Philadelphia - In April, the chapter announced it is partnering with The Center for Cooperative Media to help ensure that news and information for communities of color in the area gets the coverage and focus it deserves.
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