NABJ will be in New Orleans, Detroit for 2017 and 2018 conventions

From NABJ’s official press release:

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2015) — Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the selection of New Orleans as the host city for its 2017 Convention and Career Fair. Detroit has been selected to host the 2018 Convention.

“NABJ is excited about going to two world-class cities for our 2017 and 2018 conventions. New Orleans is a city with such a rich history and has fantastic food scenes, epic adventures, as well as small-town charm. Equally as impressive, Detroit is an international destination known for events of all types, and as the world’s Automobile Capital and Motown, Detroit is sure to show our attendees a good time,” said Bob Butler, NABJ President. “Both cities have the right mixture of prime location, convention space and accommodations, as well as leisure activities to make a great convention for our members.”

New Orleans, one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations, is also one of the world’s most fascinating cities. It’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. New Orleans has many major attractions, from the world-renowned French Quarter and Bourbon Street’s notorious nightlife to St. Charles Avenue, to Magazine Street, with its many boutique stores and antique shops. New Orleans is also one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States. NABJ most recently visited New Orleans for the association’s 2012 annual convention.

Detroit is America’s great comeback city and the Motor City is revving its engines again.

From the advent of the automotive assembly line to the Motown sound, modern techno and rock music, Detroit continues to shape both American and global culture. The city has seen many of its historic buildings renovated, and is bustling with new developments and attractions that complement its world-class museums and theatres. The city offers myriad things to see and do. Detroit is an exciting travel destination filled with technological advance and historic charm.

“Members of the Detroit Chapter are beyond thrilled to host the 2018 NABJ convention. We greatly appreciate the unanimous vote from the Board of Directors, ” said Felecia Henderson, President of the Detroit Association of Black Journalists. “The Motor City has a rich history of hosting NABJ national conventions — 1982, 1992 and now 2018. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and start planning!”

The largest annual gathering of journalists of color in the nation, the NABJ Convention & Career Fair annually attracts thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism. In the past the event has garnered news makers such as U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Vice President Joe Biden; Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice; and Sen. John Kerry.

NABJ will hold its 2015 convention in Minneapolis, August 5-9, and its 2016 Convention in Washington, DC, August 3-7, 2016, jointly with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


BABJ's Zuri Berry named deputy managing editor at the Herald

The Boston Association of Black Journalists’ vice president, Zuri Berry, was named the deputy managing editor for news and multimedia at the Boston Herald.

The Herald announced the news in an article on Thursday.

“Zuri has built a career in steering news organizations through the challenges of new media platforms to extend their reach and reader engagement,” Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca said in the paper.

“Smart, energized and committed to journalism, he has a strong appreciation for the collaboration needed to make a multimedia newsroom work,” Sciacca said.

Berry previously worked as the manager of web content for WFXT FOX25 and was a sports producer and writer for the Boston Globe’s He has served as BABJ’s vice president since 2010.

Berry’s appointment comes eight months after the Herald angered community leaders over a cartoon some considered racist, writes Richard Prince in his Journal-isms column.

From Prince’s column:

“The Herald met with the Boston chapter of the NAACP after the cartoon controversy. Chapter President Michael Curry told Journal-isms by email , “That meeting led to more frequent conversations with the Herald leadership, who expressed an interest in identifying candidates of color for openings in order to broaden their pool of applicants.

” “The Boston NAACP, and likely others, responded by offering super-talented journalists of color from across the nation, who would make good additions to the Herald staff. I’m hopeful that Zuri is just the first of many to come…”

“Sciacca did not respond to a request for comment. Gary Washburn, president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists, said the Herald did not approach him about a candidate.”