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NABJ Participates in Historic Meeting with Cuban Officials

NABJ President Sarah Glover, NABJ Founder and Former NABJ President DeWayne Wickham and Global Journalism Task Force Co-Chair Rochelle Riley met with Inés Ford Fernández, Ambassador for the Republic of Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the United States, in Havana, Cuba on Friday.

"It is noteworthy that NABJ sits at the table with one of the highest ranking Cuban officials who's charged with U.S.-Cuba relations at this time of political change. NABJ members should be an integral part of telling the stories surrounding political implications as White House administrations change," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We learned that Cuba is a gateway to Latin American relations and could be seen in the warm welcome we received by the Cuban people along our travels."

The group is traveling with a delegation of about 20 people, including NABJ members, filmmaker/actor Tim Reid and representatives from Morgan State University.  

Glover, Wickham and Riley discussed global affairs, U.S.-Cuban relations and elections, journalism and Cuba's culture post-Fidel Castro. Since 2014, Cuba and the United States have entered into 14 memorandums of understanding while working with the President Barack Obama administration, according to Fernández. The Cuban people await what relations will be under President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

In addition to the ministry meeting, NABJ members met with Cuban intellegencia, journalists, artists, students and professors. This historic trip was planned by Wickham, who has led numerous delegations of journalists, students and educators to the island.

 

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NABJ Participates in Trump Team Meeting with Black Organizations



(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Jan. 4, 2017 -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) took part in a conversation with the Trump transition team and about two dozen other black organizations in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

NABJ stressed the importance of press access to the new administration and the need for black journalists to be a part of that coverage. NABJ also talked about the need for an accurate and complete portrayal of all of black America, not just stories involving crime, poverty and violence.

Executive Consultant Drew Berry presented to the group and former NABJ President Bryan Monroe was also in attendance at the off-the-record meeting.

 Berry stressed the importance of diversifying newsrooms and voiced concerns about threats of libel lawsuits and the effect they could have on journalists.

"Black journalists have covered the White House in the press pool since President Franklin D. Roosevelt and it's important that NABJ continues a dialogue with the next president and administration," said Sarah Glover, NABJ President.

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NABJ Congratulates Member Claire Smith on Being the First Woman
to Win Hall of Fame Award 
for Baseball Writers

 

NABJ congratulates member Claire Smith for being named the recipient of the 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. The award is given out annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a journalist for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Smith will be the first woman in the award’s 55-year history to receive this top honor.


"On behalf of the entire NABJ family, I congratulate my dear friend Claire for this tremendous honor. She is such an inspiration as she continues to knock down doors for women in sports journalism. She is to be commended not only for being a talented reporter, but also for being steadfast in fighting for equality and paving a way for those who will follow in her footsteps," said NABJ President Sarah Glover.

 

Smith, 62, has written about sports for more than 30 years, for publications including the Philadelphia BulletinHartford CourantNew York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. For more than 20 years, her beat was Major League Baseball. In July 2007, she went in a new direction and new industry when she joined ESPN as a news editor, working with the production teams on MLB game broadcasts. She is the author of the autobiography "Don Baylor - Nothing But The Truth: A Baseball Life."




 

A trailblazer for women in sports media, Smith has fought for equal access during her entire career. She often refers to a defining moment that came in the 1984 National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. She was physically removed by players from the Padres clubhouse after Game One. While the situation was eventually resolved, thanks to then-Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, it left scars for a number of years.

 

Former MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who once fought to keep women sports writers out of major league clubhouses, later called Smith "the best baseball writer in America."

 

"Congratulations to Claire Smith, a pioneer not only for women and blacks in baseball, but in sports period. Thank you for the role model that you have been," said NABJ Sports Task Force Chair Marc Spears. "I'm sure Larry Whiteside is up in heaven clapping and smiling for you."

 

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