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.(more...)
"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...)
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...)
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.
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...)
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...)
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.”(more...)
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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