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To kick off our 40th Anniversary, NABJ is offering a 40-day discount for registrations for the 2015 convention in Minneapolis. From August 4-September 12, 2014, professional members will get a 52% discount off the regular pre-registration rate, and student members will get a 67% discount.The temporary rate is $200 for professionals, including full and associate members. The rate for student members is $150 for this limited period.

These deeply discounted rates end on September 12, so take advantage of them today by clicking here.

 





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 NABJ Selects Al Jazeera Media Network for the
2014 Best Practices Award  




NABJ has selected Al Jazeera Media Network for the 2014 Best Practices Award. The honor was announced at the association's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston, MA, the nation's largest annual gathering of minority journalists. 

 

The award is presented to a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora and/or for its efforts in increasing diversity among its newsroom staff and management. 

The NABJ board of directors took particular note of the network’s launch of its Al Jazeera America channel last summer highlighting an array of diverse managers and journalists.  Combined with its flagship Al Jazeera Satellite (Arabic) channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera.net 

(the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile, the network boasts one of the most diverse news staffs in the world broadcasting to millions of viewers.

NABJ believes that the network which was established in 1996 is committed to creative, compelling, character driven storytelling which provides a depth and breadth about the news of the day, but also stories which have until then gone untold. More here.


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NABJ Issues Thumbs Down Award to
National Public Radio

    

NABJ  issued its 2014 Thumbs Down Award to National Public Radio (NPR). The Thumbs Down Award is given annually for reporting, commentary or other content found to be racially insensitive, or for practices at odds with the mission of the National Association of Black Journalists.
 
The 2014 Thumbs Down Award was given to National Public Radio following the decision to cancel the program Tell Me More and to eliminate 28 positions across the NPR newsroom in an effort to cut costs. 

 

Tell Me More was started in 2007 with host Michel Martin and was designed to attract new audiences to public radio, to use new and innovative storytelling methods, and to discuss issues  of particular importance to people of color. The shows creation followed the loss of Tavis Smiley’s radio show to Public Radio International and then the cancellation of the program, which succeeded Smiley’s News and Notes.
 
“The importance of public media to make a concerted effort to be distinctive in its storytelling methods, to offer its audiences depth by featuring untold stories, and to as an end result diversify and expand audiences was best exemplified by a show like Tell Me More and how the program sought to operate,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. 

“NPR’s has as two of it’s stated goals in its strategic to ‘expand, diversify and engage our audiences’ and ‘grow net revenues.’ One however cannot supercede the other and greater care should have been taken to preserve Tell Me More as an example of what NPR’s new core should be and as as a representation of a truly superb way in which public media can embrace diversity.”
 
NABJ is mindful of NPR’s other initiative such as the Peabody award-winning “Race Card Project” and “CodeSwitch.” These programs are worthy of praise and should be supported. Still the opportunity cannot be loss to encourage National Public Radio to live up to the companies full potential and be standard bearers and to be the company which in everything it does show others in public media and media at large how to make sure journalism and media are inclusive and really do provide a service to the public. More here.

 

 

 

 

 

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