04/24/2020

#NABJNAHJ20 Will Be A Virtual Convention in August 2020

Breaking news! We can now announce that the NABJ-NAHJ 2020 Convention & Career Fair will not be held in- person. We will have a virtual convention, an option that we have been exploring for weeks.
04/15/2020

The Status of the NABJ-NAHJ Convention

Dear NABJ Members, We hope that you, your family and colleagues stay safe as we all navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. We know you have questions so below are some answers concerning the joint NABJ- NAHJ Convention scheduled for July 8-12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Are NABJ and NAHJ still planning for a convention? YES, but what form it takes is yet to be determined. The health and well-being of our members and partners is of utmost importance to NABJ and NAHJ.That is why we are revealing alternatives below that are under consideration.
04/13/2020

NABJ Announces ESPN’s Michael Wilbon as Honorary 2020 Convention Chair

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2020) – National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Dorothy Tucker has announced that Michael Wilbon, one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists, will serve as the NABJ honorary chair for the 2020 joint convention with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
04/09/2020

Supporting Our Members During COVID-19 & Convention Updates

Greetings NABJ Family & Friends: I truly miss my NABJ family and community. I always enjoy engaging with our members and supporters and was looking forward to our previously scheduled regional events in St. Louis, Vegas, Pittsburgh and Nashville. I was disappointed they had to be postponed, but decisions were made for the health and safety of all of us. I pray every day that we’re able to get together in D.C. this summer.We continue to plan for the NABJ-NAHJ Convention, but we aren’t living in a vacuum, which is why we are also exploring alternative dates and a virtual conference. If we decide to postpone our joint convention with NAHJ, it will be based on our concern for the well-being of our members, colleagues and partners and at the directive/advice of local, state or federal officials. (As you know, many municipalities currently prohibit gatherings. Some of these requirements expire in May, others June and beyond.) We are reviewing all of the possibilities and hope to have a decision by mid-May that gives members, partners and other attendees almost two months to make alternative plans, IF NEEDED, while minimizing significant financial implications. These are unprecedented times and the work we do is more important than ever before. You must continue to tell the important stories but you must also take care of yourself. Unfortunately, a number of our members have tested positive for COVID-19. We continue to pray for their quick recovery. We need each of you healthy. Do not hesitate to decline an assignment that will put your life at risk. Don’t be shy about wearing protective gear on the job and using social distancing practices. Support for Our Members This has not been an easy time for most of us, but it is more difficult for some. We’ve seen a number of layoffs at media companies, and some companies are making salary cuts. We are sensitive to our members' financial concerns, and will now allow all members who have been impacted financially by COVID-19 to have their membership dues extended for another six months. If you lost your job and your dues are not current we will give you a six-month membership. The NABJ Board is also working on other financial relief projects that will be announced in the near future. For more information, contact membership@nabj.org. I hope you’ve had a chance to participate in the numerous webinars we’ve held over the last few weeks. Nearly 600 journalists combined have already accessed our series of webinars (live, on-demand or via other platforms) on how COVID-19 has impacted journalism, communications, and education. Our live Twitter coverage and subsequent conversations on social media exposed the content of our webinars to more than a million users. As we navigate this pandemic together, you can playback all of our past webinars on our YouTube playlist here. Also, look out for an upcoming webinar on the impact of the pandemic on industry jobs and how to avoid a layoff or deal with one. I struggle to find a silver lining in the midst of this crisis but there are a few. I am using new news apps that make the job easier and learning creative ways to conduct interviews with FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. I’ve cleaned out a few closets, printed out some photos and am spending quality time with my family. Since my daughter can’t go out with her friends, hubby and I benefit from her homemade margaritas. I enjoy many more Zoom gatherings with my sons, friends and relatives and look forward to hearing from my NABJ family. I hope to hear from you and don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m home. Dorothy
03/12/2020

Coronavirus Update: NABJ Regional Conferences Postponed, We’re Still Preparing for Convention

Dear NABJ Members and Supporters:  As a result of concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we, unfortunately, must postpone ALL regional conferences, including Region II occurring this weekend. […]