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)

November 2016 meeting agenda

Join the Boston Association of Black Journalists for the association’s next general meeting. The meeting will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 1 at Emerson College’s Common Ground.

Here is the meeting’s agenda.

November 2016 BABJ meeting agenda

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

Location: Common Ground (10th floor), 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Parking: There is metered parking surrounding the Boston Common. The Boston Common Garage charges $14 in the evening for up to three hours. It’s $18 if it’s over three hours. There are cheaper parking lots in walking distance. (Consult Spot Hero or your favorite parking app.)

Public transportation: Red and Green lines to the Park Street station. Orange line to Chinatown station.

Conference call information: Please contact the association at babj@bostonblackjournalists.org

1. Reports

  • Financial update – Zuri Berry
  • Chapter filings – Zuri Berry
  • 2017 Region 1 conference: Philadelphia – Zuri Berry
  • Meet and greets with: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston NAACP president Michael Curry – Gary Washburn

2. Chapter calendar

  • Holiday event
  • Student project/student resume workshop
  • Harvard student women’s group
  • Scholarship program
  • Upcoming chapter deadlines

3. BABJ elections

  • Schedule

4. Adjournment & Announcements

  • Questions, concerns and feedback

BABJ speaker series: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson

We’re excited to announce we will be holding a new speaker series for the Boston Association of Black Journalists. 

For our first event, we will sit down with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, who will join us at Boston Neighborhood Network on Thursday, May 26. 

What: BABJ speaker series with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26
Where: BNN, 3025 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Please RSVP herehttp://bit.ly/24ZRWzP

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April 16 Meeting Minutes

April 2016 BABJ meeting agenda

Saturday April 16, 11 – 1 p.m.

Location: WBUR
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

I. Reports

  • October 2015 – March recap 2016 – Zuri Berry

We had a great student resume workshop in October in partnership with AAJA. The turnout was excellent, so we want to continue doing these types of events.

We also had a great joint event/meeting with SNEABJ last month, featuring a panel of local trailblazing women journalists. The event celebrated women’s history month.

We also toasted Pam Cross. It was a great social gathering at Darryl’s and Pam wrote us a really nice thank you note afterward.

-With the success of these events, we want to make sure we make them annual occurrences.

-Gary Washburn suggests we offer job shadowing opportunities to students and members.

-We should do a formal month of job shadowing with BABJ. We’d have people sign up and then set up appointments that month to job shadow.

Also congratulations to BABJ member Johnny Green, who was named news director at WBZ!

  • Financial update – Zuri Berry

– Our account is stable

  • News from NABJ council of Presidents – Zuri Berry

Have done first round of negotiations with a legal advocacy group to help local chapters deal with 501(c)(3) filings. This is a great step that will help us keep up with our 501(c)(3) paperwork and filings.

  • Region 1 conference update – Zuri Berry

The conference is April 29-30 in Baltimore. There is a lot of great programming set for the conference, including government officials and other high profile people.

The theme for the conference is “One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice In Journalism”

Here’s a link to the program: http://nabjbmore16.com

Our own BABJ member Michelle Johnson will also be running a workshop on Google Tools

II. Chapter calendar

  • Possible future collaboration with Women in Sports and Events (WISE) – Shanda Foster

We will follow up on this at another time with Shanda.

  • Speaker series: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson

The idea is to have an on-the-record meeting with him. He has given us a tentative yes. We know need to work out dates and logistics. Possibly in May.

  • There was discussion about whether or not to pursue more informal off-the-record conversations. Can pursue on-the-record meetings with option to go off the record.
  • Also discussed reaching out to other officials for meetings. Possibly in June or July.

In August, we should do a pre-convention kick off get together.

  • Social schedule for winter

Should plan to do holiday get together the first week in December.

Can be an informal meeting or something more formal where we charge.

The folks at AAJA and ONA Boston are very open to partnering with us on events, so we should keep that in mind moving forward.

  • Student resume workshop

Will aim to do this in September or October

Other events:

We should plan some fun light social events throughout the summer and over the course of the year. For example: After work drinks, bowling, dinner, summer picnic in July.

Erica Morrison suggests renting out the roof deck at the Bruce Bolling building for a social get together. Can get local businesses to donate food or provide in-kind services.

  • Upcoming chapter deadlines

We are up to date with our state filings.

NABJ audit deadlines. They would like to get it before the national convention.

III. BABJ elections

  • Outlining process going into second half of 2016

We are looking toward to next phase of BABJ so want fresh ideas and new people in leadership positions to take BABJ to the next level. If you have feedback or suggestions, please send them our way. We want to work towards elections and getting a new leadership team in place this year.

  1. Adjournment & Announcements
  • Questions, concerns and feedback.

Our friends at SNEABJ are hosting a resume workshop at the University of Rhode Island next Saturday. It is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP: sneabj@gmail.com.

 

Join us for our April 2016 meeting

The Boston Association of Black Journalists will convene for a general meeting 11 a.m. Saturday April 16 at WBUR.

Please see details and the agenda below.

April 2016 BABJ meeting agenda

Meeting date: 11 -1 p.m. Saturday April 16
Location: WBUR 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(Note: Entrance on St. Paul Street; WBUR is located on third floor)
Conference call number: 1-605-475-5950
Access code: 3730565

I. Reports
• October 2015 – March recap 2016 – Zuri Berry
• Financial update – Zuri Berry
• News from NABJ council of Presidents – Zuri Berry
• Region 1 conference update – Zuri Berry

II. Chapter calendar
• Possible future collaboration with Women in Sports and Events (WISE) – Shanda Foster
• Speaker series: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson
• Social schedule for winter
• Student resume workshop
• Upcoming chapter deadlines

III. BABJ elections
•Outlining process going into second half of 2016

IV. Adjournment & Announcements
• Questions, concerns and feedback.