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


NABJ Region 1 conference registration open

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host the 2016 Region I Conference on April 29 and 30 at the School of Global Journalism & Communication on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Titled One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism, the conference is expected to be one of the largest and most significant regional conferences in memory. The conference will consist of a major town hall, workshops, and nationally-known speakers during the one-year anniversary of Gray’s disturbing and untimely death.

Gray’s death was the flashpoint for protests out of concern over police brutality in predominantly African-American neighborhoods. His death also brought to the forefront issues on government and community relations and a call to increase diversity in the media.

Built and crafted as a learning laboratory, the conference will focus on three crucial areas: community engagement, digital training and media coaching. It will also include a town hall discussion titled #TogetherBaltimore that will focus on the future of the city following last year’s unrest, and discuss strategies as to how the media can do a better job in its coverage there and in similar cities across the country.

This year’s conference will build upon the skills of journalists, public relations professionals and community leaders who live in the following NABJ Region I states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The conference will allow seasoned journalists, seen on our television screens and read in the various forms of print and new media, to enhance their skills and acquire new ones.

Networking opportunities include a welcome social on Friday, April 29, and an awards reception immediately following the conference on Saturday, April 30. There will be an attendance challenge where a cash award will be presented at the Saturday reception to the professional and student chapters with the largest number of members registered. The funds will go toward each respective chapter’s scholarship fund.

Baltimore is a great conference city with its popular Inner Harbor and African-American historical sites. The city is within reasonable travel distance from major cities along the U.S. East Coast.

If and when you have any questions about the sponsorship benefits and conference program, please contact Johann Calhoun at or (267) 602-6527.


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.”

NABJ elects Sarah Glover as its new president

NABJ’s official press release:

Minneapolis, MN (August 7, 2015) – Sarah Glover was elected as the 21st President of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

According to the NABJ Elections Committee, Glover defeated her opponent, Mira Lowe by receiving 347 votes, Lowe earned 167 votes.

Sarah Glover is the social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations. Prior to joining NBC OTS, she worked at NBC10 Philadelphia (2012-2014), Philadelphia Daily News (2008-2012) and The Philadelphia Inquirer (1999-2008).

For two decades, Glover has also been a freelance photographer for outlets including Jet Magazine, The Washington Post, Liberty City Press and Black Enterprise. She founded the Diverse Social Media Editors & Digital Journalists Facebook Group, a platform for education, advocacy and training for journalists of color. Sarah successfully managed nearly $100,000 in chapter funds during her tenure as chapter president, and ensured the chapter stayed in the black.

Glover has been awarded fellowships from the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism and Knight Digital Media Center.

In the Vice President of Broadcast race Dorothy Tucker defeated Dedrick Russell and Galen Gordon with a total of 230 votes. Russell received 157 votes, and Gordon received 126 votes.

In the Media Related Representative race Tanzi West-Barbour defeated Terry Allen and Marc Willis with a total of 40 votes. Allen received 32 votes, and Willis received 31 votes.

Candidates running unopposed, who will have seat on the 2015-2017 Board of Directors, include:

Benet Wilson, Vice President of Digital
Marlon Walker, Vice President of Print
Sherlon Christie, Secretary
Greg Morrison, Treasurer
Dave Jordan, Parliamentarian
Johann Calhoun, Region I Director
Vickie Thomas, Region II Director
Gayle Hurd, Region III Director
Marcus Vanderberg, Region IV Director
Michelle Johnson, Academic Representative
Student Representative, Vacant

(Photo by Nathalie Dortonne for the NABJ Monitor, NABJ’s student-run news operation.)

Dexter Eure, 91, Boston Globe's pioneering black columnist

From the Boston Globe’s Bryan Marquard:

A passage from “Common Ground,” J. Anthony Lukas’s landmark book on Boston school desegregation, recounts Dexter D. Eure Sr.’s jump from the Globe’s circulation department to the newsroom in 1968, just after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

The Globe “took a hard look at its news staff — then employing just two blacks above the rank of clerk,” Lukas wrote, and editor Thomas Winship tapped Mr. Eure “to write the paper’s first black column, ‘Tell It Like It Is.’ ” Sometimes using a question-and-answer format, Mr. Eure provided blacks in leadership roles a chance to speak at length to readers. Often, though, he used his own powerful voice to add a perspective that had been missing in the paper.

He chastised liberals in Newton for the subtle racism of resisting low-income housing and shined a light on the lack of blacks in the Massachusetts judiciary. He also didn’t shy from biting the hand the fed him. One column criticized major businesses and institutions in Boston for employing few blacks or none at all. Among those falling short, he wrote, were the city’s newspapers and radio and television stations, which had “yet to find or train a black editor, news, or program director.”

The time had arrived, he wrote in October 1970, “to see that the percentage of blacks in management jobs equals the percentage of blacks in the local population,” adding that “anything less than this is tokenism and a fraud.”

Mr. Eure, who spent 25 years at the Globe, retiring in 1988 as director of community relations, died July 2 in Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in Brighton of complications from dementia. He was 91 and had lived in Boston, and previously in Sharon, since the mid-1960s.

“He was an amazing character, almost the conscience of the owners when it came to inclusion and diversity,” said Gregory L. Moore, who formerly was managing editor of the Globe and is now editor of The Denver Post.

Mr. Eure arrived at the Globe in 1963, when the number of blacks on the paper’s payroll might be counted on one hand with fingers to spare. He put his position and power to use when he became a columnist and an executive at a time when the Taylor family owned the Globe and Winship was reinvigorating the newsroom.

Read the rest of the Globe’s story on Eure’s passing here.