NABJ Announces 2024 Leadership Academy Mentees
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Program Trains Future Broadcast, Print, Digital News and Media Execs
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the 2024 class of its third annual Leadership Academy cohort.
This 2024 academy will train NABJ members working in broadcast, print and digital who are current news and media managers, or interested in transitioning to leadership, to ascend to the executive suite.
During the mentorship program, participants undergo a high-level leadership training process that includes workshops led by news and media industry executives and modules focusing on hiring and retention, business acumen, character, personal and professional branding, and leadership development. Mentees are also paired with national news and media leaders to receive mentorship throughout the program.
The broadcast mentorship program is led by Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 Philadelphia/WCAU and Telemundo62/WWS. NABJ Vice President-Print Kathy Chaney and NABJ Vice President-Digital Amir Vera serve as advisers to the print-digital mentorship program. Executives leading multimedia organizations serve as mentors to the digital and print members of the cohort.
Past NABJ President and Yellow Brick Media Concepts President Kathy Times will facilitate the cohort’s branding and leadership development training.
“We are proud of the work we have been able to accomplish over the last three years of our Leadership Academy,” said NABJ President Ken Lemon. “Over the course of the program, we have seen numerous members elevate to leadership roles or expand their career prospects. We are grateful for the work of our mentors and program leads and extend congratulations to this year’s phenomenal cohort.”
Participants who complete the program, which will run through August, will receive a certificate of participation and develop lifelong connections with their mentors and cohort members while expanding their networks. They also have the opportunity to present a capstone during the 2024 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Chicago this summer.
This year’s participants are:
Development Producer, Wall Street Journal
New York, N.Y.
Sports Editor, The Detroit News
Executive Reporter, Scripps
Corpus Christi, TX
Sr. Manager, Field Operations, ABC News
Director of Sales, WJBF-TV
News Director, NBCUniversal
Senior Editor/ Producer
Walter Smith Randolph
Investigative Executive Producer, WCBS/CBS
New York, N.Y.
Sr. Managing Editor, The Villages Daily Sun
The Villages, FL
Morning News Assistant News Director, WJZ
Managing Editor, Spectrum Networks
News Director, TEGNA
Staff Director, MSNBC
New York, N.Y.