Black History Month event set for Saturday

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How Far Have We Come & Where Are We Heading?

Are black journalists still relevant in New England?

Come enjoy great conversations as you learn about the struggles and journeys of pioneering black journalists across New England and discuss the role of black journalists in the media now.

Moderator: Former ABC News Anchor & Award-Winning Journalist Carole Simpson

Panelists Include:

  • Boston’s first black female reporter Sarah-Ann Shaw
  • ESPN The Magazine senior editor & NABJ Treasurer Keith Reed
  • Veteran television news reporter Todd Wallace (WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV)
  • Boston Globe op-ed columnist Derrick Z. Jackson
  • Blackstonian.com’s Jamarhl Crawford

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Where: The Media Lab at The Boston Globe, 135 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

Refreshments will be provided.

Jan. 8 meeting minutes

Meeting date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 8
Location: Winship Room, The Boston Globe

Meeting called to order at 7:32 p.m.

In attendance:
Zuri Berry
Zeninjor Enwemeka
Rony Camille
Meghan Irons
Akilah Johnson
Anne Curry (on the phone)
Don West
Glenda Buell
Kelly Chunn
Chantee Ians (on the phone)
James Edwards
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.

II. Reports
• 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.

Next steps:
-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.

 

January meeting agenda

Meeting date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 8
Location: Winship Room, The Boston Globe

Conference call number: 1-605-475-5950
Access code: 3730565

I. Exchange of information for group committees

II. Reports
• Word from national – Zuri Berry
• 5K update – Gary Washburn

III. Black history month event update – Zuri Berry and Chantee Lans
• Location: The Boston Globe’s Media Lab, which will include catering
• How are we marketing this? Colleges, fellow UNITY members, etc.
• Determining final two panelists: Possibles include Keith Reed, Ken Cooper, Callie Crossley
• Carole Simpson will moderate; Panelists so far include Sarah Ann Shaw and Todd Wallace.

IV. Membership drive information
• How to sign up
• What it costs to be a member and how to pay
• What information we’ll be gathering
• How to spread the word

V. Discussion and outline for upcoming BABJ elections
• Explanation of board members roles, as outlined by the association’s bylaws
• Call for nominations, including: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and student representative
• Election date: March 12, 2014

VI. Adjournment & Announcements
• Next BABJ meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2014; Location TBA
• The Digital Journalism Task Force’s “New Year, New You” webinar will be Saturday Jan. 11. Sign up here – http://nabjdigital.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/djtf-presents-new-year-new-you-virtual-conference/
• Update on canceled SNEABJ meeting at ESPN headquarters