Students: Bring your resume to our workshop

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 sure you stand out from the pack. We’ll have journalists from The Boston Herald, WCVB, NBC Boston, NBC Sports Boston, WBUR, and more. Please bring your résumés, work samples, and reels (bring your own laptops) to be critiqued.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10
Where: Room 209, Boston University Communications Building
640 Commonwealth Avenue

All students and journalists are invited to participate in this free event. Stay afterward to enjoy free refreshments and pizza with other students and journalists.

The event is co-sponsored by the local chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and Boston Association of Black Journalists, and Boston University. Email if you have any questions.


BABJ event: Journalism in the Trump Era

In collaboration with Boston University’s College of Communication, the Boston Association of Black Journalists will be holding a panel discussion 6-8:30 p.m. this Thursday titled “Journalism in the Trump Era.” Moderated by WGBH’s Callie Crossley, with WBUR’s Asma Khalid and the Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson, the panel will discuss how journalists, and particularly journalists of color, are responding to the impact of the Trump administration.

This event is free and open to all.

WHAT: Journalism in the Trump Era – a panel discussion
WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday March 16
WHERE: BU’s College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave. (Room 107), Boston, MA 02215
COST: Free

February 2 Meeting Minutes

February 2017 BABJ meeting minutes

Location: Boston University

Meeting in session at 7:06 pm

I. Chapter calendar

Networking event with black and Latino legislative leaders hosted by Mo Cowan.

Event will take place at 5 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Mintz Levin
– These leaders want to get to know BABJ so think of this at a meet and greet networking event.
– We will set up Eventbrite to gather RSVPs for event. Will also put together bios of journalists attending the event for legislative leaders.

BABJ/BU panel on covering Trump as a journalist of color
Event will take place 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at BU
– We’re reaching out to journalists who covered the campaign to be panelists for this event

Student workshop
Event will take place 10-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at BU
– A two-part workshop featuring resume review + session on tips for young journalists navigating the workplace.
– Sherrod Blakely suggests we have a checklist of things to go over with students.

II. Revisions to the board, bylaws

Bylaws update
– Our efforts to move BABJ forward with a new exec board and strong
foundation for long-term success are underway. The exec board has spent
time reviewing, editing and updating the chapter bylaws.
– Key changes to bylaws were around board positions and whether to
change or keep some positions
– We will share our finalized bylaws with the membership and move to formally adopt them at our next chapter meeting

Exec board update
– The exec board has crafted a list of board positions and duties that we
believe is a good structure to carry BABJ forward.
– We will share that document with the membership.

Elections timeline
– We plan to hold elections in the fall after the national convention (likely in
– This gives us enough time to carry out some solid programming and put
a process in place for elections and voting.
– The idea is to promote elections after the NABJ convention, put together
list of candidates, vote and then have the new board shadow the old board
for the last two months of the year. This will allow for onboarding and a
smooth transition for the new board to fully takeover in the new year.

III. Adjournment & Announcements

NABJ call for proposals for national convention
Deadline for NABJ workshop proposals is Feb 15 (midnight)
Details and guidelines for proposals can be found here:

Medill professor Ava Greenwell is this year’s program chair for the national convention. She joined our meeting via conference call to discuss workshop proposals and what NABJ is hoping to do with programming.

Here are some notes from what Ava had to say:

– The theme this year is “Power Up and Break Through.” Ava says they’re looking for innovative new ideas for workshops at the national convention. (Some ideas: gaming and hacking, training sessions to help people get specific jobs, etc.)
– They want different perspectives and different people for the panels.
– NABJ has intergenerational membership so we want to be as relevant as we can to all of them
– We’re looking for quality not necessarily quantity.

What does a proposal need to entail?
– You need to be an NABJ member to submit a proposal
– Have a well fleshed out idea of the panel
– NABJ is open to different formats. It doesn’t have to be a panel. It could be a talk back session or Ted-talk style session. Just think about if NABJ could do something different that could be effective for the audience.
– Be sure to have all the contact information for your panelists
– The key is to make sure the proposal description is complete. And make sure the panelists are really the best experts on the topic.
– Make sure you contact potential panelists ahead of time and confirm they can actually do it.
– NABJ is thinking about possibly streaming some sessions and having sessions that are skills based
– NABJ hasn’t settled on tracks at this point, but is open to all ideas. We want to be more cutting edge in terms of some of the workshops, but we also want to do some writing workshops.
– The more specific you can be with your proposal topic/description, the better.
– You can collaborate with other people to put together a workshop proposal.
– See online guideline for more info (link above)

NABJ Region 1 conference
Will be held March 31-April1 in Philly (Annenberg School of Communication at UPenn).
Theme: Diversity, Innovation and Technology.
Opening reception at WHYY. Most programming will be on April 1.
– Hotel: Warwick??
– $25 for NABJ members by March 1. $10 for student members.

Tip from Melanie Morris: If you plan to go to Philly check out Bolt Bus, which offers $1 fares. So book early.

Question raised about hosting Region 1 conference in Boston
– Conferences tend to be planned 9-12 months in advance
– We should look to pitch Boston as the next location for the Region 1 conference

IV. Questions, concerns and feedback
– There’s a Black Twitter conference in New York on Feb. 25. Hosted by the NABJ Media Institute on Black Twitter.

February 2017 meeting agenda

Here is the agenda for our Feb. 2, 2017 general meeting.

February 2017 BABJ meeting agenda

Meeting date: 7 -9 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2
Location: BU College of Communication, Room 209, 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 

I. Chapter calendar

  • Networking event with black and latino legislative leaders at Mintz Levin hosted by Mo Cowan (5 p.m. Feb. 23) – Zuri Berry
  • BABJ/BU panel on covering Trump as a journalist of color (6-8:30 p.m. March 15) – Zeninjor Enwemeka/Michelle Johnson
  • Student workshop (10-1:30 p.m. April 15) — Gary Washburn

II. Revisions to the board, bylaws

  • Bylaws update — Zeninjor Enwemeka
  • Proposed changes to board, chairs — Zeninjor Enwemeka
  • Elections timeline

III. Adjournment & Announcements

  • NABJ call for proposals
  • NABJ Region 1 conference
  • Questions, concerns and feedback

November 1 meeting minutes

Meeting date: 7 -9 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 1

Location: Emerson College

1. Reports

  • Financial update – Zuri Berry
    – Our account is stable and we have money in the bank.
  • Chapter filings – Zuri Berry
    – We need to file our chapter audit with NABJ by Jan. 1.
  • 2017 Region 1 conference: Philadelphia – Zuri Berry
    – This year’s regional conference will take place April 29-30 in Philly. Expect a great program.
  • Meet and greets with: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston NAACP president Michael Curry – Gary Washburn
    – We’ve had some great meetings with city leaders and plan to do more. This is an opportunity for us to get to know them, understand their agenda and priorities and introduce them to BABJ. The next meeting will be with NAACP president Michael Curry sometime this month.

2. Chapter calendar

  • Holiday event
    – Mark your calendars! We’ll celebrate the holidays at 8 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 15 at a location to be determined. Options include Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen.
  • Student project/student resume workshop
    – We plan to bring back our successful student resume workshop next year in addition to a workshop focused on helping students prepare for and land a job interview. One workshop is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 or Saturday, Jan. 28 tentatively at BU. The other workshop will be Wednesday, March 1.
    – We will reach out to our friends at AAJA New England to partner on the resume workshop as we did last year.
  • Harvard student women’s group
    – There is a Harvard professional women’s group that is interested in having black female journalists speak with their members at one of their monthly meetings. If you are interested reach out to Gary Washburn to get connected.
  • Scholarship program
    – Gary Washburn is looking into creating a BABJ scholarship program for students.
  • Upcoming chapter deadlines
    – Paperwork with the state is due annually Nov. 1 and has been filed.
    – Chapter audit for NABJ due: Jan. 1

3. BABJ elections

  • Schedule
    – It’s time to pass on the torch. BABJ was restarted by the current executive board a few years ago. And it’s past due for us to put new leadership in place. So, we will hold elections next year (yay, democracy!).
    – Here’s the plan:

    • The executive board will review the chapter bylaws to make any necessary tweaks/edits from when the chapter was restarted. The board will do this by the end of this year.
    • At our February chapter meeting, the executive board will present the bylaws to the chapter for discussion. At that point we will set a date for the election. The board will also send out descriptions of each position.
    • We will then hold elections (likely in April).

    – Some things to think about:

    • Should we restructure BABJ? Does the current model work? What positions do we actually need?
    • How should we conduct elections? In person? Online? Michelle Johnson has volunteered to help set up an online voting system.

4. Adjournment & Announcements

  • Questions, concerns and feedback
    – What do students want from BABJ?
    Emerson students said they want help with structuring and organizing their chapter. There was discussion about the official status of the Emerson NABJ chapter. There have been talks about creating a regional or citywide student chapter of NABJ with all the local colleges & universities. It sounds like there is a lot of interest in doing this. So, we need to reach out to Region 1 Director Johann Calhoun, who has been working on this, to find out about the process for doing that.

    – Idea: We should do a day conference for Boston. Or perhaps a New England Day conference where we partner with the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists (SNEABJ). Crystal Haynes suggested we charge for this event (even just $10) so that it could be a fundraiser.

    – Idea: A BABJ awards ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of chapter members. This could also be a fundraiser. We could make this a fancy affair and sell tickets or maybe get some companies to buy tables.

    – Michelle Johnson shared with the group the long history of BABJ. She has pulled up a lot of old documents and memorabilia going back decades that she is looking to store somewhere. We should discuss further how we want to preserve the chapter’s history.

    – Michelle Johnson is also one of a handful of official Google trainers in the country. She has offered to do a Google tools workshop for the chapter. This could be its own chapter event or part of a day conference if we decide to do that. We would need to contact SPJ to set up the training.

    – Astead Herndon asked if there are ways BABJ can support and mentor fellow journalists, particularly those who are early in their careers. This led to a discussion about how we can better welcome people who are new Boston and support fellow members. The takeaway here was that everyone — not just students — needs mentoring and professional support at different stages of their career. Some ideas:

    • Create a BABJ committee for mentoring and onboarding to come up with ideas, such as creating a “Getting Started in Boston” guide. (Paula Bouknight and A. Sherrod Blakely could be great resources for this as they already do a lot of this on their own.)
    • Hold regular social events so the chapter can hangout. (Perhaps monthly drinks/food)

5. Next steps and To Dos:

  • Set up holiday party at Darryl’s Corner (Dec. 15)
  • Develop ideas for scholarship program (Gary Washburn)
  • Circle back to students to discuss student chapter structure (Zuri Berry)
  • Finalize dates for student workshops (reach out to AAJA to partner)
  • Review bylaws and bring changes to chapter to vote in February (executive board)
  • Day conference (partner with SNEABJ)
  • Create mentoring and onboarding committee
  • Set up Google training session (connect with SPJ)
  • Create Twitter list of BABJ members (Zeninjor Enwemeka)