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Chuck Stone dies at 89: Journalist, UNC professor, NABJ cofounder

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Chuck Stone, whose career spanned journalism, academia and politics, died Sunday. He was 89 and had congestive heart failure, his daughter Krishna told The Washington Post.

Until 2004, Stone was a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Andrea Weigl reports he "became known around campus for his stylish attire, his morning commute on a bicycle and his popular class on censorship that he called 'dirty books and dirty pictures,' one that always had a waiting list."

Before academia beckoned, Stone was a journalist at black newspapers and a towering columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, "the most influential journalist in Philadelphia," former Editor Zack Stalberg said. On several occasions, John F. Morrison writes, police called Stone into dicey situations: An armed robbery where the suspects requested his presence at a standoff, and a prison incident in 1981, during which he helped negotiate the release of several hostages. (more...)
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AAJA, too, says it has concerns about Unity

The Asian American Journalists Association recently expressed concerns with Unity's "strategic direction, its relevance in the industry and Unity's value for the remaining alliance partners," according to an e-mail to members on Tuesday. Paul Cheung, AAJA president and global interactive editor at the Associated Press, told Poynter via phone AAJA's board met recently with Unity President David Steinberg. Some members feel Unity is critical, he said, and some question the organization's existence without the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. On Oct. 22, NAHJ voted to leave Unity. NABJ withdrew from the organization in 2011. "I think people are just questioning the identity of Unity," Cheung said. "It's a little bit existential." (more...)
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NAHJ leaders cite Unity’s ‘financial disorganization,’ ask board to vote to leave

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National Association of Hispanic Journalists representatives on Unity: Journalists for Diversity's board "are asking the NAHJ national board to vote in favor of leaving UNITY," they write in a statement on NAHJ's site.
UNITY’s financial disorganization continues to be a frustration with the NAHJ reps on the UNITY board and the NAHJ executive director. It has been over a year since the August 2012 UNITY conference and we have not seen detailed financial reports for the 2012 conference.
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NAHJ reconsiders its membership in Unity

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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is re-evaluating its membership in Unity: Journalists for Diversity, Richard Prince reports.

Student journalists at NAHJ's convention reported the organization's board "discussed NAHJ's relationship with Unity during closed-door sessions on Friday and that the discussion will eventually open up to all NAHJ members in a future town hall meeting, possibly in September," Prince writes.

Unity's last few years have been eventful. The National Association of Black Journalists withdrew from Unity in 2011 and decided against a reunion the following the year. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association joined the organization, which changed its name from Unity: Journalists of Color at the beginning of 2013. Its president, Tom Arviso Jr., resigned in April, saying his "leadership style has not been as effective or as productive as I would like."

"UNITY's mission remains relevant," the organization's acting president, Doris Truong, wrote in an email to Poynter. (more...)
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NABJ president says boycotting Orlando convention would cost more than $1 million

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The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's Richard Prince writes that the National Association of Black Journalists would lose more than $1 million if it were to pull out of its Orlando convention, scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4.

Some members of the organizations have called for the group to leave Florida following the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. told Prince in an email that such a move wouldn't be feasible under the terms of the group's contract with the hotel. But registrations already seem to be lower than prior conventions.

"We are still processing registrations but from early reports it looks like we will have a more intimate convention along the lines of San Diego or Indianapolis, two of our better conventions." Lee said in an email. "While the turnout may not be as great as when we are in a top tier city, we look forward to an amazing time in Orlando."

While NABJ attracted 2,586 registrants last year in New Orleans, the 2010 convention in San Diego had about 1,670 registrants, a spokeswoman said at the time. The Indianapolis convention in 2006 saw about 2,200 people register, but it "was not the income juggernaut that it needs to be for NABJ to have a successful year," treasurer John Yearwood said then. NABJ ended that year with a deficit.

A boycott, Lee told Journal-isms, would be impractical and costly and fail to take advantage of a "unique opportunity" for black journalists. (more...)
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NABJ: KTBS ‘missed a golden opportunity’ for conversation about diversity

The National Association of Black Journalists says it’s saddened by KTBS-TV’s decision to fire meteorologist Rhonda S. Lee. In a statement, NABJ encouraged media companies to “allow greater latitude” when employees defend themselves against critics online.
NABJ believes Lee’s managers missed a golden opportunity to initiate a community dialogue about respect, identity and diversity, particularly as it relates to redefining standards of beauty, what is aesthetically acceptable in television news and the value of on-air journalists beyond appearance. (more...)
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NABJ study: Diversity declines in TV station management

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The National Association of Black Journalists' 2012 Diversity Census examines management of newsrooms across the country. It paints a grim picture: NABJ found that African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics and other people of color are represented in mid-level ranks but not in the upper echelons of TV news management.
According to the 2010 United States Census, non-Whites comprise nearly 35% of the U.S. population but the study finds that people of color fill only 12% of the newsroom management positions at 295 stations owned by ABC, Allbritton, Belo, CBS, Cox, Fox, Gannett, Hearst, Journal, Lin Media, Media General, Meredith, NBC, Nexstar, Raycom, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Post-Newsweek and Tribune.
ASNE's annual census found thatjournalists of color make up about 12 percent of print newsroom staffs.

However, the NABJ survey's methodology is extremely unusual:
Information for all 295 stations was gathered by examining Google, individual station websites, Facebook, NewsBlues, TVSpy.com and by talking with industry insiders familiar with the respective markets and stations. Some of the information was gathered by calling stations directly and some came during conversations with current or former employees of the respective stations.
"While we may have missed a few people, one cannot dispute the fact that the management diversity at most of these stations is far from the estimated 35% diversity of the nation’s population," the study, authored by NABJ Vice President/Broadcast Bob Butler, says. (more...)
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With convention attendance down, time to rethink purpose of Unity?

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Unity Executive Director Onica Makwakwa is leaving the organization to take a job with a consumer protection group in her native South Africa. She "bore the brunt of criticism for any administrative shortcomings, which became a factor in the pullout of the National Association of Black Journalists last year," Richard Prince reports.

With convention attendance down at this year's Unity convention, NABJ's absence and little interaction among the remaining constituencies, Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang wonders if Unity should be disbanded. An event-planning organization could organize the quadrennial convention more cheaply, he writes:
Meanwhile, the conference could throw participation open to all common-cause journalism organizations that speak for underrepresented communities — following the direction already taken in inviting NLGJA to the table.

Why not invite the National Center for Disability & Journalism to participate, or the International Women's Media Foundation and the Association for Women Journalists? Why not outreach to New America Media, which represents a network of over 3000 ethnic news enterprises? (more...)
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Unity attendance down after divorce with NABJ

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Attendance at the Unity convention in Las Vegas is down substantially after its split with the National Association of Black Journalists, reports Richard Prince: "over 2,000" compared with 7,550 in 2008. More than one-third of the attendees in 2008 were NABJ members.

NABJ drew 2,386 registrants to its convention in New Orleans, Prince reports.
At times on Wednesday, convention speakers pretended NABJ did not exist, and they continued to call the gathering the world's or the nation's largest meeting of journalists. At other times, they expressed hopes that NABJ would return to Unity, which first met in 1994. Mentions of the newest partner, [the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association], drew applause from NLGJA members.
NABJ withdrew from Unity in 2011 due to financial issues. The split between the two groups deepened after Unity changed its name from "Unity: Journalists of Color" to "Unity Journalists" after a request from the NLGJA. The New York Times' Tanzina Vega captured a range of opinions on the split and Unity's focus.
Some of the tension over the inclusion of gay journalists’ group stems from the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among its members, a fact recognized by Mr. Steinberg, who said the group was trying to increase diversity in its ranks. “I know the perception among some folks of color is that N.L.G.J.A. is an organization run by a bunch of white guys,” said [Michelle] Johnson of Boston University. But she added, “there are white guys that are in the organization who have also faced discrimination in the newsroom.”
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Unity hopes to reunite with NABJ but fails to actively address concerns

Ever since the National Association of Black Journalists announced it was withdrawing from Unity last year, tensions between the groups and its members have intensified. The two groups, once unified, are now separated by a great divide.

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