Meeting date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 8
Location: Winship Room, The Boston Globe
Meeting called to order at 7:32 p.m.
Anne Curry (on the phone)
Chantee Ians (on the phone)
Corey J. Allen
Erica Morrison (on the phone)
I. Exchange of information for group committees
–We have a Google doc form to collect everyone’s contact information and convention committee preference. Here’s the link:
-We will distribute all the contact information between each respective committee group.
• Word from national – Zuri Berry
• 5K update – Gary Washburn
-The National chapter not ready for us to reach out to sponsors. They will be ready in about a week or two, and will have the people in place they want to reach out to.
-Gary Washburn submitted a proposal on the 5K to the city and is waiting to hear back. The next step for this event is to file a map of the event.
III. Black history month event update – Zuri Berry and Chantee Lans
-We have secured The Boston’s Globe’s media lab for the Black History Month event with SNEABJ. We also have Globe catering available. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
-We are still determining the final two panelists and planning to reach out to Callie Crossley. So far we have: Sarah Ann Shaw, Todd Wallace, Carole Simpson (moderator)
-We should have a cohesive theme for the event. Ideas: Pioneering black journalists share their stories. Subtext: Are black journalists still relevant in New England?
-We should reach out to someone from a local black publication to be on the panel. Suggestions: Blackstonian – Jamarhl Crawford; Basic Black TV show: Valerie Linson or Kim McLarin; Ron Hutson formerly of Globe & covered busing issue; Bay State Banner: Yawu Miller
-Marketing ideas: use personal channels; go to each university/college journalism department to distribute; Reach out to black fraternities and sororities; black MBAs; churches – black ministry alliance; local unity chapters; pirate radio station.
IV. Membership drive information
-We have created membership forms to gather an official membership list and collect dues.
-We will distribute the forms and post it online.
V. Discussion and outline for upcoming BABJ elections
-BABJ elections are coming March 12, 2014. All positions will be open including: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and student representative
-If you are interested in the position, let us know.
-More details on the position will be distributed to the group.
VI. Adjournment & Announcements
-Don West discussed his photo exhibit, Portraits of Purpose as well as his upcoming book launch. A portion of the exhibit is on display at the Dudley library until the end of January.
-There will be an event at the library on February 22 for Black History month. It will be a community forum- Roxbury: Telling out story.
-Would be a good opportunity for BABJ to sponsor and gain exposure and membership outreach. More info can be found at www.donwestfoto.com
-Our next BABJ meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2014; Location TBA
-Reminder: The Digital Journalism Task Force’s “New Year, New You” webinar will be Saturday Jan. 11. You can sign up online here: http://nabjdigital.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/djtf-presents-new-year-new-you-virtual-conference/
-SNEABJ is aiming to reschedule their ESPN meeting/field trip for Saturday, January 25th but is still confirming date.
-Finalize participants and theme for Black History Month event
-Gather & distribute contact information for convention committees
-Follow up on sponsoring Dudley library community event
Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.