BABJ Is Having Elections! Sign Up To Run By July 8

Do you, or someone you know want to get connected and help support Black journalists in Boston? If so, you should consider serving.

The deadline for declaring interest in serving on the BABJ Executive Board is Thursday, July 8.

All executive board positions are open for two-year terms and are listed with descriptions here. You can also visit our Facebook page for more information.

You must be a BABJ member to serve on the exec board. To be a BABJ member, you can pay your dues or renew your membership here. You can also text BABJ to (202) 858-1233. Please include the processing fee in your payment.

Contact Gary Washburn (gwashburn14 at gmail.com) and/or Zeninjor Enwemeka (zeninjor.enwemeka at gmail.com) to announce your intention to run, or nominate a friend for a position.

Please note committee chair positions are decided via appointment, rather than election. (The executive board will appoint those positions after the elections. So, if you are interested in being a committee chair, let us know).

Members will have a chance to further discuss the elections and candidates at our chapter meeting Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. And BABJ’s elections will be held Thursday, July 29. (More details to come).

The Boston Association of Black Journalists Congratulates Kim Janey

The Boston Association of Black Journalists congratulates Kim Janey, who has made history as the first Black person and first woman to lead the city of Boston.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey, a Roxbury native, was ceremonially sworn in today as the 55th mayor of the city. Janey was elevated from city council president to acting mayor after Marty Walsh resigned as mayor following his confirmation as U.S. Labor Secretary.

We look forward to covering this next chapter of the city’s political landscape.

– The Executive Board of the Boston Association of Black Journalists

BABJ March 2021 Meeting Minutes

Thank you to everyone who attended our March chapter meeting! Below are the minutes from our conversation.

7PM Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021 (Virtual)

I. Greetings/Introductions

II. Potential Solidarity Actions RE: Atlanta-area Killings

  • IDEA: Invite AAJA to collaborate to turn the next installment of our regular Cocktails and Conversations for April into a space for discussion.
  • The chapter is supportive of putting out a statement that points to AAJA guidance on how to cover the Atlanta-area shootings with nuance and cultural awareness. We should also encourage conversations in our newsrooms about proper news coverage.

III. Opportunities

  • Boston Magazine is looking for freelance pitches. Find out more here.
  • Commonwealth/Commonwealth Magazine, which focuses on Mass. politics and policy, is looking for a reporter.
  • We’ll post both about both opportunities with more detail on our Facebook page here.

IV. New Programming Chair

  • BABJ’s new programming chair, Ericka Wilson, is dreaming up ideas for our chapter. You can contact her with ideas at erickaewilson1523(at) gmail (dot) com

V. Upcoming Speaker Series

  • We’re partnering with the Roxbury Boys & Girls Club’s Ready to Work program. This is a great opportunity to talk to young people about journalism and other careers. Dates of participation for this are April 8, 15, and 29 with potential additions in May.
  • Coria Holland is taking the lead on this you can email her at Coriselect (at) yahoo (dot) com with the subject line “BABJ Speaker Series.” Please also CC Ericka Wilson (erickaewilson23 (at) gmail (dot) com) and include what dates you might be available and what topic areas you would be able to present and take questions on for about 45 minutes.

VI. Other Programming Ideas

  • Cover Letter & Resume Reviewing Workshops for teens and college students. We’ve done this in previous years by partnering with other journalist groups AAJA, NAHJ and NLGJA. We usually aim for the fall and we should try to do it again this year.

VII. Elections

  • We’re having them in June. All positions will be open if you’d like to serve on the BABJ Executive board.

VIII. Money

  • Treasurer Melanie Morris is working on setting up a smooth method for dues collection. For now, you can fill out this membership form, then use one of the following options for dues payments.
  • Dues are $50, full-time members $25 for associate members (primarily part-timers and freelancers, or those who work in journalism adjacent jobs) and $10 for student members.
  • Melanie Morris, the treasurer, can collect payments:
    • via Paypal: Melaniemorris2008 (at) yahoo (dot) com (select the family and friends options instead of paying for goods and services)
    • via Venmo: MelanieMorrisTV and
    • via CashApp: $MelanieMorrisTV
  • PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL SO MELANIE CAN SEND YOU A RECEIPT AFTER YOU’VE PAID.

IX. Chapter Meeting Dates

  • The E-board has set meeting dates through the month of June. General body meetings will take place on Thursdays, mid-to-end of month at 7p.m.
  • Our next general body meeting will happen Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

X. Other Business

  • Mukala Kabongo is putting together a poetry slam for Poetry Month. If you’d like to be involved, email him at mkabongo (at) lynntv (dot) org.