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 at full speed and 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 to the success of our organization in the coming decade. 

   Thanks again for you support and we look forward to seeing you all year!

 

Vance Lang

President, New York Association of Black Journalists

Technical Director – CBS News