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NABJ Task Forces

NABJ TASK FORCES Co-Chair(s) Email
Academic Dr. Milbert O. Brown Jr.
Arts & Entertainment Venton Blandin
Arts & Entertainment Kelley Carter
Media-Related Pamela R. Purifoy
Media-Related Terry Allen
Black Press Tene Croom
Black Press Othor Cain
Black Press Deputy Tiffany Walden
Broadcast Alexis Rogers
Broadcast Brandon Pope
Print Johann Calhoun
Digital Tracie Powell
Digital Michael Grant
Founders Sandra Dawson Long Weaver
LGBTQ Femi Redwood
LGBTQ Tre'vell Anderson
Global Clarece Polke
Global Damaso Reyes
Political Tia Mitchell
Sports A. Sherrod Blakely
Visual Jarrad Henderson
Young Black Journalists Walter Smith-Randolph
Young Black Journalists Chelsea Fuller
Freelancers Shanita Hubbard
HBCU Clarece Polke
HBCU Michael Grant
HBCU Daarel Burnette II
Business Task Force Renita Young

Updated Task Force Descriptions Coming Soon!




Task Force Operating Procedures Updated: December 2019 

Section 1: Approval by the Board of Directors 

An NABJ Task Force, once organized, will apply to the Board of Directors for formal approval and recognition. The full NABJ Board will vote at the next and best possible full Board meeting. The Task Force should select a Deputy Chair that ensures that the Task Force’s leadership is diverse in terms of age, gender and geography. In the case of indecision and time-sensitive priorities, the President shall exercise the option to appoint a Deputy Chair. 

Section 2: Officer Approval Before Raising Funds 

Once approved, an NABJ Task Force shall organize its internal structure with a Chair or Co- Chairs. A Bookkeeper shall be named to handle any dues, administrative fees, etc. Under no circumstances shall an NABJ Task Force raise or solicit money for NABJ or itself without contacting and getting expressed approval from the Executive Director, President and/or Treasurer of NABJ. 

Section 3: Submitting Names of Officers and Requests for Activities 

An NABJ Task Force must submit the names of its officers to the National Office and the designated member of the Board of Directors each time there is a change. All requests for convention programming, receptions and similar activities must be made and confirmed with the designated member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of NABJ. All officers of the Task Force must be active members and in good standing with NABJ. 

Section 4: Annual Renewal 

An NABJ Task Force need not apply for annual renewal, however the NABJ President reserves the option to make new or confirm existing chair appointments. 

Section 5: Submitting and Requesting Names of Members 

An NABJ Task Force must submit its membership list to the NABJ National Office. It may receive upon request, a list of members from the National Office who are eligible for membership within its Task Force. The list shall be provided upon approval of the Executive Director and the NABJ President. 

Section 6: Dissolution 

An NABJ Task Force should alert the National Office and NABJ Board should it ever dissolve. The NABJ Board shall also reserve the right to dissolve any Task Force should the Board determine that the Task Force’s mission or actions are inconsistent or detrimental to NABJ’s mission and strategic priorities. When a Task Force is dissolved, the assets must be turned over to the National Office immediately for the NABJ Operating Fund, once all financial obligations have been cleared. 

Section 7: Responsibilities of Task Forces 

The responsibilities of an NABJ Task Force shall be as follows: 

● The Task Force shall submit reports and complete a Task Force Audit at each quarterly Board of Directors meeting and such other times as requested by the Board. 

● The Task Force shall submit an annual statement of its activities to the Board of Directors at its annual meeting and plans for the next 12 months. 

● The Task Force should hold at least one meeting per quarter to carry out its mission. The meeting may be conducted live, by telephone or digitally. 

● The Task Force must submit minutes of its meetings to the Board (please contact your Board representative) 


Other Notes As the keeper of NABJ’s brand, the NABJ National Office has developed its own set of operating procedures that also includes information about how Task Forces (which also applies to Committees) should interact with the National Office and the role they play in brand management. For additional information, contact the Director of Operations or Director of Communications. 

The guidelines outlined in the document include: 

● Use of the NABJ letterhead must be requested, placed and approved by the National Office upon each use. 

● Any external event, program, marketing materials, etc. bearing NABJ’s name should be approved by the National Office. 

● Any statement or materials distributed by a Task Force must clearly indicate that the information represents the Task Force and not the National Headquarters or Board, unless approval is given to do so. 

● All Task Forces must keep their websites and social media presences updated. These links should be submitted to the National Office annually for review or upon the start of a new page. 

● The National Office should have access to all official email accounts, websites, or social media pages in the case of an emergency and for ease of leadership transitions. 

● Only Task Forces in good standing will have access and approval to use NABJ’s logo. Please contact the Director of Communications for the official logo. The logo should not be manipulated in any form or used with boxes or other shapes around it. 

● Task Forces may request support from the Director of Communications to promote conference calls, webinars and special events via calendar listings, eblast inclusion and social media upon approval and at the discretion of the National Office. 

● Task Forces may propose webinar ideas through or by requesting a form from Webinars must be accessible to the entire membership but can be hosted by a Task Force. 

● Task Forces are responsible for ensuring their contact information and group descriptions are updated with the National Office annually prior to the convention or as changes occur, so the website, internal files and convention book are accurate. 

● No Task Force should speak on behalf of NABJ’s Headquarters, the Board or the organization as a whole. The President should be made aware beforehand of all official statements. 


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