In the news: 'Pioneering black journalists discuss media struggles'

Coverage of the Boston Association of Black Journalists and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists Black History Month event, “How far have we come and where are we headed,” was featured in the Providence American, a black owned newspaper in Rhode Island.

Carole Simpson, who is currently an Emerson College Professor, opened the conversation up to audience members, by pointing out her former student Georgiaree Godfrey. Godfrey is a news reporter at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts. Godfrey spoke about her first time experiencing an NABJ Convention. NABJ is a comforting and an excellent place for critique and a nice awakening.

Read the entire article on the Providence American’s website.

Pictures from 'Telling Our Story'

On Saturday, BABJ and the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund helped sponsor a community forum at the Dudley Library branch of the Boston Public Library, “Telling Our Story,” a conversation about what makes Roxbury such a special place.

It was another successful event with insightful commentary from a stellar panel, including Sarah-Ann Shaw, Yawu Miller, Don West, and Ekua Holmes. BABJ member Kelley Chunn moderated.

Feb. 12 meeting minutes

Meeting date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12
Location: The Winship Room at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

Meeting called to order: 7:37 p.m.

Attending:
Zeninjor Enwemeka
Zuri Berry
Martine Powers
Rony Camille
Carmen Fields
Kelley Chunn
Jamarhle Crawford (on the phone)
Edward Hegeman

I. Reports
-We had a great turn out for the event
-One of the criticisms was that we waited too long to promote the event
-One thought was that we could have focused more on the role of black journalists
-It would have been nice to have more students at the event
-Next time we could promote it early without the specific panelists names since they weren’t confirmed yet (use a more generic flyer)
-We did have a small number of members of the public who weren’t affiliated with journalism there, and they had very positive feedback.
-Our friends at SNEABJ did a great job helping put this together
-The event costs $563.93, which covered catering, programs, signage

II. Membership drive update
-We have applications for members to fill out and mail
-We also have set up an online form, but need to connect it to a paypal account first
-Our bank account in currently associated with another person’s paypal account, so we are working to get that removed so we can connect it with an account for the group.

III. Continued discussion and outline for upcoming BABJ elections
-Proposal to push back elections to April, so that we can focus on membership drive for the next month – that would put election date at April 9
-Question about reaching out to broader local audience to let people know that we are having a membership drive and elections are coming up
-Suggestion to get list from national organization of all NABJ members in the region and their contact information – can do a location search on the website
-We could reach out notable Boston journalists to help promote local chapter
-We need to put a deadline on membership dues, so that only paying members are eligible to run for the board and vote
-Plan to spend next month pushing membership drive
-Promote membership drive through partners  – media outlets, colleges & universities
-Zuri will create a flyer we can use to promote membership drive
-We should tout national convention and benefits of local chapter when promoting membership drive

IV. NABJ national convention update
-Need to connect with Darryl R. Matthews the interim executive director of NABJ to get next steps on bringing sponsors to the table for the national convention – will also bring Bob Butler in on the conversation
-Suggestion from group: There need to be more info on the website for possible vendors/booth
– Edward Hegeman of Rapture Events stopped by to talk about his organization – www.raptureeventsboston.com – could possibly partner with us for our chapter party
-Would need space to hole at least 1,000 for July 31st in the evening. Some options are Emerald Lounge and Space 57 (Edward’s group has relationships with these locales).
-We are asking Edward to submit a proposal to us with their background and information on pricing and event options.
-We need to discuss having this be a ticketed event.
-Michael Munn is a director with the Boston Convention Center – Best contact for convention ideas
Text RAPTURE 55469 to get updates and info from Rapture Events

IV. Discussion of next chapter event
Ideas:
– College media day: invite students from area colleges and professionals to talk with them, answer questions about working in journalism, story development, breaking into the field, etc.
– Teen bootcamp for high school students: A one-day professional development session, resume review, workshops
-Can merge the two ideas and open it to high school and college students – BABJ student bootcamp
-Proposed date: Saturday, April 12
-Possible locations: BNN, BU, Roxbury Community College
-Rony Camille will look into nailing down logistics

V. Adjournment & Announcements
–  Next BABJ meeting set for 7:30 p.m. March 12, 2014 at NESN (480 Arsenal Street Bldg. 1, Watertown, MA 02472)
– Upcoming event: “Roxbury Community Forum: Telling Our Story,” 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22 at the Dudley Branch Library (65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA).
-We need theme for our chapter party
-We should reach out to each member on listserv to gage their interests and check their contact info (Rony Camille will handle this)
-Martine Powers suggests putting together a forum at the national convention to talk about student newspapers, how to increase diversity there.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

BABJ sponsored event: 'Tell Our Story'

The Boston Association of Black Journalists is proud to sponsor a Roxbury Community Forum: Tell Our Story, with a conversation about what makes the community of Roxbury a special place.

The forum, which will be held at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, will feature speakers Ekua Holmes of EJ Designs, Yawu Miller of the Bay State Banner, former broadcaster Sarah-Ann Shaw, photo journalist Don West, and will be moderated by public relations and marketing consultant Kelly Chunn of Kelley Chunn and Associates.

This is a free event that is open to the community. The event is supported by a grant from the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund.

The event will be held 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22. The Dudley library branch is located at 65 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119.

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February meeting agenda

Here is the agenda for February’s general meeting.

Meeting date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 12
Location: The Winship Room at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

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

I. Reports
• Breakdown of Black History Month event
• Finance report following event

II. Membership drive update
• Online application update
• Membership outreach
• Extras

III. Continued 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
• Opportunity for prospective candidates to speak in a forum for all members
• Election date: March 12, 2014

IV. NABJ national convention update
• Sponsorship opportunities
• Revisiting committee work
• Call for ideas
• Edward Hegeman from Rapture Events Boston on promotion and logistics

IV. Discussion of next chapter event
• Call for ideas
• Prospective dates

V. Adjournment & Announcements
• Next BABJ meeting set for 7:30 p.m. March 12, 2014 at NESN (480 Arsenal Street Bldg. 1, Watertown, MA 02472)
• Upcoming event: “Roxbury Community Forum: Telling Our Story,” 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 22 at the Dudley Branch Library (65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA).