BABJ meeting coming up Oct. 29

The Boston Association of Black Journalists will be holding its next meeting 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 29 at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen in Boston.

BABJ members and black journalists are encouraged to attend and discuss issues, concerns, suggestions or ideas for our organization. We’ll discuss a collaboration in the works for a winter soiree with our friends at AAJA New England and the success of our partnership for the resume workshop. (Thanks to Boston University for the space and Michelle Johnson for the photos.) So please bring your questions and ideas for future events.

What: BABJ meeting
Where: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
When: 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 29

Zuri Berry
Vice President
Boston Association of Black Journalists

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NABJ names Clayton Gutzmore student representative

Today, the National Association of Black Journalists announced Clayton Gutzmore has been named the association’s student representative.

Here is the full release from NABJ:

NABJ President Sarah Glover selects Clayton Gutzmore as the NABJ student representative for the 2015-2017 board term. Gutzmore, a senior communication arts major at Florida International University, is expected to graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

“I’m excited that Clayton is joining the NABJ board team,” Glover said. “He brings leadership experience and a passion for spreading the NABJ gospel. His commitment to NABJ is noteworthy as he founded his
university’s NABJ student chapter and serves on his local professional chapter’s board.”

No candidate was certified during the 2015 NABJ election process. Pursuant to the NABJ Constitution, the NABJ president makes an appointment. Glover opened an application process last month urging interested students to apply. Seventeen applications were received.

“I am ready to roll up my sleeves, check the number twice and do whatever else is necessary to make our organization run better and to create better storytellers in the process,” Gutzmore wrote in his application.

Gutzmore had a passion for journalism at an early age. In 2010, he became the section editor of the Broward College newspaper the Observer. He covered major entertainment stories and held multiple positions on the paper until he ultimately became editor-in-chief in 2012. During his tenure, he lead the newspaper to earn two Florida College Press Association awards.

Gutzmore has experience working at numerous news outlets during his collegiate career. He interned with the investigative team at WTVJ NBC 6 and had stories published in the Miami Herald and 91.3 WLRN, the NPR affiliate of South Florida. Gutzmore presently is a freelance writer for the Miami Times and All Digitocracy. He also serves the FIU National Association of Black Journalist and the South Florida Black Journalists Association in their mission to bringing media related opportunities to the community.

“I am flattered and humbled by all the support I have received from everyone, “said Gutzmore. “I promise I won’t let you down.”

BABJ teamed up with AAJA New England for a successful student resume workshop

UPDATED: The Boston Association of Black Journalists and Asian American Journalists Association of New England held a successful student resume workshop at Boston University Thursday Oct. 15.

BABJ wants to thank our AAJA New England partners, Boston University and BU professor Michelle Johnson, NABJ’s academic representative, for their support of Thursday’s event.

Are you applying for internships or jobs this fall? Come speak one-on-one with high-level broadcast, print, and online editors to get advice on making your résumé and work samples stand out from the pack.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15
Where: Room 209, Boston University Communications Building, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

You can meet one-on-one with:

Paula Bouknight, assistant managing editor for hiring and development, The Boston Globe
Elie Dolgin, news editor, Stat, The Boston Globe’s national life sciences news website
Sangita Chandra, producer, “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV
Zuri Berry, Deputy Managing Editor, The Boston Herald

All students and journalists are invited to participate in this free event.

Afterward, enjoy free refreshments with other students and journalists.

The event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Journalist Association of New England and the Boston Association of Black Journalists. Contact if you have any questions.