As we move along in 2020, the board and I are working hard to bring you some great programming this spring! We are exploring partnerships with several media outlets and other affinity organizations to maximize the impact of our programming. We have also established a monthly networking program that will be at Clyde Frazier’s every 3rd Thursday of the month. Our next general body meeting is on March 18th at CUNY-J School (our First Take partner). We will announce our new scholarship initiative and other news! I was also invited to deliver remarks at the New York City unveiling of the Gwen Ifill stamp on March 26th. There will be more details to come for that.
I was invited on the Cheddar streaming network to represent NYABJ and talk about Black History Month earlier this month as well. You can watch it here.
I also ran into NYABJ member Selena Hill while I was out doing some networking.
This dynamic journalist is working for Black Enterprise and working in the community. We love to spotlight our members and we want to spotlight you! Send your content, appearances, links and accolades to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share your good news with our members!
Along with our other new members who have joined us, we are happy to have political strategist Antjuan Seawright as member.We are glad to have his talent with us and look forward to his contributions!
I am working with the employee resource group at ViacomCBS to create a partnership with “The Beat”. They put on some great programs for employees and they are eager to share the love with NYABJ. This month, I was able to sit in on a talk with Lena Waithe and a breakfast with the president of BET. Does your employer have a resource group that aligns with our purpose? Put us in touch! We are always looking to partner with companies who can help us.
I was invited to view the salute to Black Achievements in Television at the Paley Center for Media. It will go through the end of the month.
Justin Walters (PIX 11 & CBS Sports) and Lakia Holmes (Bleacher Report) met at our last networking event. Both of them expressed interest in forming a local sports task force and now it’s in the works. GAME TIME!!
We are planning on some great spring programming and looking ahead to the convention this summer. Get involved and join a committee to help make NYABJ even greater. We are all volunteers so every little bit is truly appreciated!
Thanks! Be on the lookout for announcements for the next general body meeting.
To the members of The New York Association of Black Journalists and its supporters,
Welcome to 2020 and a new decade of continued growth for NYABJ. Thank you for your ongoing support as we look forward to more successful collaborations in 2020. I am excited to kick off 2020 as your new president. I want to acknowledge the solid ground upon which this new decade will be built. NYABJ is a public charity with 501c3 status. We are financially in the black with a clear slate from the IRS. Past president Julie Walker and Treasurer Bianca Flowers led the charge to ensure that we can go into 2020 full speed ahead in great financial shape. Their tireless efforts and (sometimes) thankless dedication made this possible and we should all be grateful for the work they’ve done and we will sustain that effort in the coming years. Our First Take NYC Program awarded scholarships in 2019 and our Awards Banquet and Gala was the toast of Harlem last fall! In 2020, we will continue to host our legacy events and add new programs for our members and partners that will benefit everybody involved.
We will start the year with our first general meeting at the CBS Broadcast Center. In order to encourage peer-to-peer engagement, we plan on organizing “meet-ups” to give members a chance to interact in an informal environment and to recruit potential new members. There will also be job fairs and career assessment sessions. Our goal is to give members as many opportunities to experience the benefits of NYABJ as we can. This also provides plenty of chances for sponsorship and fellowship as well.
Hosting a meeting or inviting NYABJ to your event will put you in contact with over 200 paid members and thousands of online followers. We are always looking for ways to work with anyone that will help us enrich our membership. We will also be looking to recruit members in the metro New York media scene who are hosting podcasts, radio shows and digital magazines.
Along with outreach, we will be looking to fill the committees of NYABJ. We are the largest affiliate chapter of NABJ in the #1 media market in the world and our committees should reflect that. There are numerous ways to lend a hand to NYABJ. The board is made up of volunteers who have jobs and lives and other interests as we all do. As we lay out the agenda for 2020, please look for ways to contribute.
Thanks again for you support and we look forward to seeing you all year!
President, New York Association of Black Journalists
Technical Director CBS News