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While the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held their 38th Annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida last week, The Cleveland Plain Dealer laid off one third of its newsroom staff. Last year The New Orleans’ Times-Picayune cut staff and is now published only three days a week. The impact of these cutbacks is embedded in the mounting evidence that social media, the Internet, cable news organizations and citizen journalism have revolutionized the face of journalism throughout the world.
We’ll talk to NABJ Immediate Past President Greg Lee, Jr, newly installed President Bob Butler, Boston Chapter President Gary Washburn and Boston University Associate Professor Michelle Johnson to learn how these changes are affecting members of their association.
Regardless of how you get your news, the impact of these changes are significant to all communities across the world. Today’s show will give insight into how African American journalists are adapting to an industry in transition.
About The National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.
Many of NABJ's members also belong to one of the professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.
NABJ is committed to the following:
- Strengthening ties among black journalists;
- Sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists;
- Expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training;
- Increasing the number of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs;
- Fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements by black journalists, and outstanding achievement in the media industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large;
- Working with high schools and colleges to identify and encourage black students to become journalists, and to diversify faculties and related curriculum; and
- Providing informational and training services to the general public.
Each year, NABJ awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and internships to college and high school students nationwide, as well as fellowships for seasoned professionals.
The NABJ Media Institute provides professional development and technical training for black journalists at venues across the country.
NABJ is headquartered on the campus of the University of Maryland-College Park, 1100 Knight Hall, Suite 3100, College Park, Maryland 20742.
Every two years, the membership elects a president and national board of directors to govern NABJ. An executive director leads the national office staff.
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