Here are the meeting minutes from our chapter meeting at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury:
Gary Washburn says the feedback on the NABJ convention in Boston was overwhelmingly positive. The Fenway chapter party event was a hit, and the receptions and parties went well. He said several local businesses were pleased with the showing of the convention. The only complaints had to do with scheduling conflicts and access to some events handled by national (film festival, A&E taskforce events, etc.)
There was discussion about continuing the momentum from the convention. There was a suggestion that we reach out to HR offices to find out who the black journalists are so we can do membership outreach to them.
There were some new memberships transacted online.
We spent money on materials for the pre-convention townhall event
We made a donation to Twelfth Baptist Church
Due to changes in government regulations concerning 501(c)3 status, we have some paperwork we need to get in order to maintain our non-profit status
There was a suggestion from the group that we get connected with a black lawyers group to get pro bono help with the 501(c)3 process. (This led to a conversation about elevating BABJ’s public presence with other groups – suggestion to buy a table at the NAACP’s upcoming dinner)
II. Chapter Status
-No official new numbers to report here, but there has been an increase in people connecting with us through our social media accounts. More people joining our Facebook page and following our Twitter account.
-We did have about five new people pay membership dues via PayPal
Chapter tasks & to-dos
-We need to create a membership list and budget to give to NABJ in December (we should aim to have this done by November) – this should become a yearly task for us
-Also we need: Federal and state tax filing, report for secretary of state (State AG IRS non-profit forms)
-Suggestion to create a calendar for BABJ business items & tasks
-Look into getting a P.O. box for BABJ business operations
III. Student & young journalists project
-Conduct a small workshop with students, maybe a half-day on a Saturday
-could have community groups also participate
-Tentative date: November, 8
-Venue options: BNN, BU, Madison Park
-Should get sponsorship for the event
-For October meeting: Get list of names of organizations we want to approach for sponsorship
IV. BABJ elections
-Potential date: Sometime in March
-There was a discussion about doing more social events for the organization (suggestion to plan a Christmas social event, and get in touch with black accountants group that goes big annual Christmas event)
-Discussion about what else BABJ should be doing
-We need to be proactive about posting job openings to the listserv
-There was a question about whether or not we should be calling out local news organizations for lack of diversity – should we be more of a jobs watchdog?
-There was a suggestion from the group that we reach out to the national office to find out which convention attendees are from the Boston area.
V. Adjournment & Announcements
-Next BABJ meeting is 7:30 pm, October 9, 2014 at WBUR.
-The NABJ Region 1 (this is our region) conference takes place 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City.