The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

April 8, 2006

Learn about the education beat

PIOs, School board members and parents.

Covering education can be a trying task for journalists. At the April meeting we've put together a team of experts that could make covering your next education story easier.

Come and invite your friends and colleagues to our next general body meeting, set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 in the Dowd board room of the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

Our second professional development session will include three guest panelists:
-- Jerri Haigler, Assistant to the President for Community Relations and Public Affairs for Central Piedmont Community College, former Public Information Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
-- Harvey Gantt, Former Charlotte Mayor and member of the Citizens' Task Force
-- Ann Doss Helms, longtime education reporter for The Charlotte Observer

This is a great opportunity to get story ideas, and figure out ways to expand education coverage. The speakers are taking time out of their busy lives for our benefit. Let's make sure we greet them with a full house.

Melody Freeman
Vice-President of Broadcast,
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists

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Other Announcements:
-- CAABJ will host a mixer at 7 p.m. May 18 at Fox and Hound in uptown Charlotte. This will be a good chance to network with members, join the chapter and relax after work. Stay tuned for more details.
-- NABJ has extended the early-bird registration deadline for the Indianapolis convention until April 17. Register online at
-- Is your company still looking for summer interns or have job openings? If so, let April know at e-mailing or 704-264-6884. I'd like to compile a list for interested college students or recent grads.

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