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NABJRoundUp - May2020
May 22, 2020 | Volume 1, Edition 3


The news never stops.

Papers are printed. Stories uploaded. Newscasts go live. In the midst of a pandemic, you keep reporting the facts, sharing data, asking questions and telling stories that inform, educate and contribute to the safety of your community.

You are my heroes. 

Thank you for your dedication during these challenging times. To our members personally touched by the COVID-19 virus or those who have lost loved ones, our thoughts and prayers are with you. To those laid-off, taking pay cuts or furloughed we are here to support you. The #NABJCOVID19Relief Fund is available for any member in need. It’s not much but hopefully it helps. We would love to assist as many as possible so we’re also asking for donations. Thank you to those who have already responded. Visit to apply or donate or click the buttons below. Please also take our Job Loss Survey below.

To everyone, please be mindful of your mental health. Take a break when you need it. We’ve offered coping mechanisms in past webinars. It’s worth revisiting them on our YouTube Channel. It’s human nature to be scared. I know I am. We all worry about what our newsrooms will look like on the other side of the pandemic. How many jobs will be permanently eliminated? Will we like the new norm?

May 12, 2020

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Star Trek actors William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols and the late Leonard Nimoy would know exactly what I mean when I say those words.

I’m applying this familiar phrase to our upcoming first-ever virtual NABJ-NAHJ national convention in August 2020. We would have been in the capital city Washington, D.C., but now because of the intrusive COVID-19, we will be in the tech-savvy celestial sphere.

As one of 44 NABJ Founders, this scenario so reminds me of more than 44 years ago when we gathered in that memorable city and signed a document that created our beloved NABJ. This stratospheric venture will be similar, and yet far different from those four and a half decades ago. Here’s what I urge you to consider about this new frontier.

All candidates (in alphabetical order) for contested races completed a short questionnaire about their candidacy. 

1. What national office have you previously held or ran for?
2. If elected, what is your goal for the first six months? First year? End of term?
3. Why should we elect you?

Ask NABJ experts: Enjoyiana Nururdin, Ernest Owens, Brandon Pope and Benét Wilson. Send questions to .

1. Is it possible to transition into news photography if you have a background in other kinds such as event, editorial, or entertainment?
Brandon:  It definitely is. In fact, here at CW26 Chicago, we have many photographers who have never shot news before until they got this job. We embrace their creative eye, as I'm sure many other companies would. As long as your work demonstrates the key skills you need to shoot news: good sequencing, editing, and lighting. 
Ernest:  Absolutely. If you know how to shoot remarkably well, the hardest part is already done. At this point, I would recommend you practice news photography independently before taking that leap into a major newsroom. Build up a small personal portfolio of some work to help express some prior interest/experience as you shoot your shot. 
Enjoyiana:  It is! I would recommend practicing shooting while reporting so you can get a feel for it, whether it be with a phone or camera. Think about the angle a professional photographer would use to emphasize the shot. What image would you want to see for your article, and shoot it. If you’re working with fancy camera equipment, look up the ways to take pictures so you can start building your portfolio. As long as you know basic photography principles, you’ll be fine! 
Benét:  In the olden days, this would have been a hard no. There was absolutely no crossing of lines between news photography. But that’s not the case anymore. As a matter of fact, there are news outlets that actually appreciate different photography skills. So look at the work of news photographers you admire, practice, then bring your own flair to the job.

From Founder Allison Davis' Archives: Here's a look at sample pages from NABJ's second annual convention program. Click here to view the expanded images.
Young Black Journalists Task Force - A Mentorship committee is underway. They are looking to put a program together for the virtual conference this year, as networking will be more challenging. If you are interested in assisting, please email CJ Stone:

Chapter Happenings
Collegiate Corner
  • Baltimore and Hampton Roads hosted a "Virtual Quad" & "Dat Rona" discussion about concerns amid the COVID-19 crisis and the pandemic’s impact on college campuses in Maryland and Virginia. 
  • Jenn White, Host of NPR’s “1A” show
  • Nekesa Moody, Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter
  • Rana Cash, USA Today Network Georgia Executive Editor; Savannah Morning News Director
  • Jarvis DeBerry, Editor-in-Chief at States Newsroom for Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lora Lavigne, Reporter at WRAL
  • Kaylah Jackson, Social Media Manager at
  • Duchesne Drew, President of Minnesota Public Radio
  • Kendra Douglas, Sports Anchor/Reporter for WESH Channel 2 in Orlando
  • Vicki Thomas, Lifetime Achievement Award from SPJ Detroit
  • Travis Sattiewhite, Sr. Manager of Broadcast Content, 41 Action News in Kansas City
  • Clarence Stone, Producer at WXYZ Detroit
  • Eric Barrow, Editor-in-Chief at Deadspin
  • Brent Solomon, Best Reporter by the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards 
  • Amanda DeVoe, Traffic Anchor/MMJ at WKRG 
  • Felicia Middlebrooks, Retirement from WBBM-AM
  • Mike Anderson, WISN 12News
  • Willie Dixon, KTRK-TV Ch. 13
  • Mitchell Ware, WBBM-TV
  • Albert Dickens, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Wendel Johnson, KPRC 2 Houston
  • Ron Hutson, Boston Globe
  • Ron Harrist, Associated Press
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