NABJ Task Forces
NABJ offers various task forces that allow members to work together, network and advance NABJ’s mission in their areas of interest. Read more about our task forces below.
Arts and Entertainment Task Force
Media-Related Professionals Task Force
The Media-Related Professionals Task Force includes part-time journalists, part-time freelance writers, educators, marketing and public relations professionals, as well as other media professionals. The purpose of this task force is to advance the causes and issues related to these sectors and to NABJ.
Black Press Task Force
The Black Press Task Force includes journalists and owners of black media outlets. The group’s purpose is to advocate on behalf of black-owned media and to foster camaraderie amongst journalists in this space.
Broadcast Task Force
Print Task Force
The Print Task Force includes copy desk managers, copy editors, news editors, line editors, layout and design editors, and yes, recruiters. The group's purposes are to inspire camaraderie among editors across the country; to share ideas about editing; and to discuss the ups and downs of working a non-traditional schedule. We also encourage college students to pursue copy editing and other careers in newsrooms.
Johann Calhoun, Calhoun.firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Journalism Task Force
As technology is enhancing journalism and transforming the media landscape, journalists must adapt and use new tools in order to survive and thrive. The Digital Journalism Task Force keeps NABJ members on the cutting edge as they navigate rapidly evolving newsrooms.
Founders Task Force
The Founders Task Force includes NABJ Founders, Past Presidents and former National Board Members with at least 25 years of membership in NABJ. The groups’ purposes are to reaffirm NABJ’s founding principles and fortify NABJ through the contributions of its members’ time, talents, historical perspectives and collective memory in alignment with the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
Sandra Dawson Long Weaver, email@example.com
Global Journalism Task Force
The Global Journalism Task Force promotes coverage of and about the African/African-American experience worldwide.
Damaso Reyes, firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQ Task Force
The mission of this task force is to unite NABJ's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer members so they may support and strengthen one another and assist NABJ in carrying out its mission of inclusion and excellence.
Political Journalism Task Force
The Political Journalism Task Force is composed of journalists that cover local, state, and national politics. The group's purpose is to provide support and programming for political journalists.
Tia Mitchell, email@example.com
Sports Journalism Task Force
The NABJ Sports Task Force promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing the next wave of America's sports journalists.
A. Sherrod Blakely, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual Task Force
The Visual Task Force serves as a visual storytelling arm of the National Association of Black Journalists. We are a professional community for visual journalists, designers, animators, broadcast videographers and visual editors whose mission is to develop educational programs and provide professional development for both veteran and future multimedia journalists and offer visual leadership for newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online publications.
Monica Herndon, email@example.com
Young Black Journalists Task Force
Freelance Task Force
The Freelance Task Force advocates and provides programming for freelance members.
Shanita Hubbard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Task Force
The mission of the NABJ Business Journalism Task Force is to increase the number of Black journalists covering business, and educate fellow NABJ members and the industry about these topics.
Renita Young, email@example.com
Weather and Climate Task Force
The NABJ Weather and Climate Task Force is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion among meteorologists, weathercasters, science reporters, and others covering weather and climate stories. We will provide opportunities for fellowship, education and mentorship for current and rising professionals covering this field.