NABJ Roundup Monthly Newsletter – May 2021

President’s Corner: NABJ Calls for More Media Companies to Publicize Diversity Data

NABJ plays a critical role in this era of racial reckoning. We’ve been both public and private in our demand for more Black managers in decision-making positions. Our efforts have paid off. We’ve seen historic hires in broadcast, digital and print. The number of Black journalists promoted to positions of power also continues to grow across all platforms. 

While we are pleased with the progress, we are far from satisfied. Our goal is to address the systemic issues that have led to pay inequity, racism, sexism, homophobia, and a culture that stifles Black voices in the newsroom. 

One of the biggest challenges we face in making true change is access to information. 

In order to help media managers fulfill their promises “to do better” we need to know the number of Black journalists and media professionals in their newsrooms. Over the years, NABJ has repeatedly asked media companies to publicize their diversity data. While some media companies echoed our sentiments, too often we have been met with obstacles, excuses or rejection. 

We recognize it’s not an easy task, so we appreciate those media companies that have released reports, including Reuters and the Austin American-Statesman, and we support their commitment to do more, like Gannett.

Gannett continues to show its commitment to diversifying executive management positions in various newsrooms, including Indianapolis, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. The Boston Globe has also shown progress.

The list below includes some of those that made their data public.

Memphis Commercial Appeal 

National Public Radio 

The Ledger 

New York Times 

Caller Times 

Courier Post

Rockford Register Star 

Tennesseean  

Metro West Daily

El Paso Times

Chicago Sun-Times

We applaud their efforts and encourage others to follow suit.

Yours in Service,

Dorothy Tucker/NABJ President/ CBS Chicago Investigative Reporter/@Dorothy4NABJ

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#NABJEduHealth – 2021 Media Institute on Education & Health

Three popular sessions were The Art of the Side Hustle, Teaching Race & Journalism and Engagement Matters. Members who registered for the summit can replay the sessions for a limited time with their login credentials.

Time is Money: The Art of the Side Hustle

Brianna Hamblin, Jarrett Hill, Carmaine Means, and Jesse Washington joined moderator Renita Young to share how they turned their passions into multiple streams of income. They also shared wisdom for others looking to do the same.

Teaching Race & Journalism

Angel Jennings, Alicia Bell, and Dr. Sherri Williams joined Prof. Keonte Coleman in a discussion about reporting while Black and how to make sure the next generation of journalists is ready for the challenge.

Engagement Matters: Newsroom, Classroom & Boardroom

Dr. Syb Brown, professor and visual journalist Jarrad Henderson, Brett Chambers, and Julia Weng discussed best practices for staying engaged on the student, instructor and professional levels.

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#NABJCongrats

Nancy DeVille – Project Manager at The Atlantic

John Yearwood – Global News Editor at Politico

Marlon Walker – Executive Editor at the Clarion Ledger and Mississippi state editor

Nicole Carr – Investigative Reporter at ProPublica

Rod Carter- Evening Anchor at WNCN/CBS 17

Sheila Rayam – Executive Editor at Observer-Dispatch and The Times Telegraph

Andrew Hammond – Assistant Sports Editor at the Detroit Free Press

Janay Kingsberry – Multiplatform Editor at Washington Post’s The Lily

Vickie Thomas – Retired from WWJ

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs – Director of Multicultural Content at Medium and acting Editor-in-Chief at Zora

Walter Smith-Randolph – Investigative Editor at Connecticut Public Broadcasting

Read more …

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In Memoriam

Marshall Latimore, Exec. Ed. of the Atlanta Voice

Eddie Williams, Exec. Prod./former president of Kansas City chapter

 Bill Campbell, Longtime Chicago journalist

 Bill McCreary, Longtime New York anchor

John “Rucks” Russell, Former KHOU reporter

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Chapter Updates

Recent Training & Updates

Chapters hosted the following events:

Memphis – COVID-19 One Year Later: Newsrooms Post-Pandemic (March)

Houston – The Evolution of Podcasting (March)

Boston – Repurposing Your Journalism Skills (March)

Washington – Navigating Your Internship or First Job Amid COVID (April)

South Florida – Black Women Journalists Shattering the Glass Ceiling (April)

Baltimore – Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces for Journalists and Media Related Professionals (April)

Cincinnati – On the Record: Cincinnati News Directors in Conversation with GCABJ (April)

Los Angeles – Allies Against Racism, Bridging the Divide: Journalists of Color in Conversation (April)

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Collegiate Corner

Recent Training & Updates

NCAT NABJ –  Hosted What’s the Buzz? (March)

Arizona State –  Hosted Black Women in Media (March)

Clark Atlanta – Held a discussion w/CEO of MEFeater Magazine Gabrielle Amani (March)

Winthrop –  Hosted Journalism in Time of Turmoil (March)

CSUF-NABJ – Hosted Women in Sports (April)

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Task Force Updates

Recent Training & Updates

LGBTQ+ – Hosted: Ask An LGBTQ+ Journalist panel (March)  

Freelance – Hosted: How to Fund Your Story webinar (March)

New Task Force Alert! Welcome to the Weather and Climate Task Force (April)

Haven’t joined a task force? Sign up now.

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#NABJWebinars

ICYMI: NABJ Print Task Force Presents: Black Excellence: Advancing as a Manager Amid Racial Reckoning

ICYMI: NABJ Digital Task Force Presents: Reporting on Equity, Justice and Race in the 21st Century

ICYMI: Legacy of the Enslaved – Far Beyond One Family’s Story

ICYMI: Flipping the Script: Producing at Spectrum News Webinar

ICYMI: So you want to go freelance? How to Navigate the World of Freelance Photography

ICYMI: Success Stories & Pathways for Media Related Professionals

ICYMI: US Capitol Insurrection and Journalism: Getting to Know the US Justice System

ICYMI: Black Hair 101: What No One Tells You About Going Natural On-Air

ICYMI: How to Find a Mentor

ICYMI: NABJ Chapters: Guide to Getting 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status & Shoring Up Financial Oversight

ICYMI: #NABJWomen Presents Salary Negotiations, Getting Paid What You’re Worth

ICYMI: Mental Health Check In The Critical Importance of Self Awareness

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Donate now to the NABJ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Help members affected by the pandemic.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Sign up for the Producer, Editor and Freelancer databases.

President’s Corner: NABJ Calls for More Media Companies to Publicize Diversity Data NABJ plays a critical role in this era of racial reckoning. We’ve been bothRead MoreNABJ

President’s Corner: NABJ Calls for More Media Companies to Publicize Diversity Data

NABJ plays a critical role in this era of racial reckoning. We’ve been both public and private in our demand for more Black managers in decision-making positions. Our efforts have paid off. We’ve seen historic hires in broadcast, digital and print. The number of Black journalists promoted to positions of power also continues to grow across all platforms. 

While we are pleased with the progress, we are far from satisfied. Our goal is to address the systemic issues that have led to pay inequity, racism, sexism, homophobia, and a culture that stifles Black voices in the newsroom. 

One of the biggest challenges we face in making true change is access to information. 

In order to help media managers fulfill their promises “to do better” we need to know the number of Black journalists and media professionals in their newsrooms. Over the years, NABJ has repeatedly asked media companies to publicize their diversity data. While some media companies echoed our sentiments, too often we have been met with obstacles, excuses or rejection. 

We recognize it’s not an easy task, so we appreciate those media companies that have released reports, including Reuters and the Austin American-Statesman, and we support their commitment to do more, like Gannett.

Gannett continues to show its commitment to diversifying executive management positions in various newsrooms, including Indianapolis, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. The Boston Globe has also shown progress.

The list below includes some of those that made their data public.

Memphis Commercial Appeal 

National Public Radio 

The Ledger 

New York Times 

Caller Times 

Courier Post

Rockford Register Star 

Tennesseean  

Metro West Daily

El Paso Times

Chicago Sun-Times

We applaud their efforts and encourage others to follow suit.

Yours in Service,

Dorothy Tucker/NABJ President/ CBS Chicago Investigative Reporter/@Dorothy4NABJ

________________________________________________________________________________________

#NABJEduHealth – 2021 Media Institute on Education & Health

Three popular sessions were The Art of the Side Hustle, Teaching Race & Journalism and Engagement Matters. Members who registered for the summit can replay the sessions for a limited time with their login credentials.

Time is Money: The Art of the Side Hustle

Brianna Hamblin, Jarrett Hill, Carmaine Means, and Jesse Washington joined moderator Renita Young to share how they turned their passions into multiple streams of income. They also shared wisdom for others looking to do the same.

Teaching Race & Journalism

Angel Jennings, Alicia Bell, and Dr. Sherri Williams joined Prof. Keonte Coleman in a discussion about reporting while Black and how to make sure the next generation of journalists is ready for the challenge.

Engagement Matters: Newsroom, Classroom & Boardroom

Dr. Syb Brown, professor and visual journalist Jarrad Henderson, Brett Chambers, and Julia Weng discussed best practices for staying engaged on the student, instructor and professional levels.

________________________________________________________________________________________

#NABJCongrats

Nancy DeVille – Project Manager at The Atlantic

John Yearwood – Global News Editor at Politico

Marlon Walker – Executive Editor at the Clarion Ledger and Mississippi state editor

Nicole Carr – Investigative Reporter at ProPublica

Rod Carter- Evening Anchor at WNCN/CBS 17

Sheila Rayam – Executive Editor at Observer-Dispatch and The Times Telegraph

Andrew Hammond – Assistant Sports Editor at the Detroit Free Press

Janay Kingsberry – Multiplatform Editor at Washington Post’s The Lily

Vickie Thomas – Retired from WWJ

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs – Director of Multicultural Content at Medium and acting Editor-in-Chief at Zora

Walter Smith-Randolph – Investigative Editor at Connecticut Public Broadcasting

Read more …

________________________________________________________________________________________

In Memoriam

Marshall Latimore, Exec. Ed. of the Atlanta Voice

Eddie Williams, Exec. Prod./former president of Kansas City chapter

 Bill Campbell, Longtime Chicago journalist

 Bill McCreary, Longtime New York anchor

John “Rucks” Russell, Former KHOU reporter

________________________________________________________________________________________

Chapter Updates

Recent Training & Updates

Chapters hosted the following events:

Memphis – COVID-19 One Year Later: Newsrooms Post-Pandemic (March)

Houston – The Evolution of Podcasting (March)

Boston – Repurposing Your Journalism Skills (March)

Washington – Navigating Your Internship or First Job Amid COVID (April)

South Florida – Black Women Journalists Shattering the Glass Ceiling (April)

Baltimore – Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces for Journalists and Media Related Professionals (April)

Cincinnati – On the Record: Cincinnati News Directors in Conversation with GCABJ (April)

Los Angeles – Allies Against Racism, Bridging the Divide: Journalists of Color in Conversation (April)

________________________________________________________________________________________

Collegiate Corner

Recent Training & Updates

NCAT NABJ –  Hosted What’s the Buzz? (March)

Arizona State –  Hosted Black Women in Media (March)

Clark Atlanta – Held a discussion w/CEO of MEFeater Magazine Gabrielle Amani (March)

Winthrop –  Hosted Journalism in Time of Turmoil (March)

CSUF-NABJ – Hosted Women in Sports (April)

________________________________________________________________________________________

Task Force Updates

Recent Training & Updates

LGBTQ+ – Hosted: Ask An LGBTQ+ Journalist panel (March)  

Freelance – Hosted: How to Fund Your Story webinar (March)

New Task Force Alert! Welcome to the Weather and Climate Task Force (April)

Haven’t joined a task force? Sign up now.

________________________________________________________________________________________

#NABJWebinars

ICYMI: NABJ Print Task Force Presents: Black Excellence: Advancing as a Manager Amid Racial Reckoning

ICYMI: NABJ Digital Task Force Presents: Reporting on Equity, Justice and Race in the 21st Century

ICYMI: Legacy of the Enslaved – Far Beyond One Family’s Story

ICYMI: Flipping the Script: Producing at Spectrum News Webinar

ICYMI: So you want to go freelance? How to Navigate the World of Freelance Photography

ICYMI: Success Stories & Pathways for Media Related Professionals

ICYMI: US Capitol Insurrection and Journalism: Getting to Know the US Justice System

ICYMI: Black Hair 101: What No One Tells You About Going Natural On-Air

ICYMI: How to Find a Mentor

ICYMI: NABJ Chapters: Guide to Getting 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status & Shoring Up Financial Oversight

ICYMI: #NABJWomen Presents Salary Negotiations, Getting Paid What You’re Worth

ICYMI: Mental Health Check In The Critical Importance of Self Awareness

________________________________________________________________________________________

Donate now to the NABJ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Help members affected by the pandemic.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Sign up for the Producer, Editor and Freelancer databases.

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