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.

February 6, 2007

January Meeting Notes


January 30, 2007, Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, Charlotte, 7pm

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalist meeting came to order at 7:13pm on January 30, 2007 at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grill on 911 East Morehead Street. Newly Elected President Melody Freeman welcomed all in attendance and asked new and returning members what they’d like to see happen in the organization this year.

Returning Treasurer Lindsay Pollard gave the treasury report. The organization has $747 dollars in the account with $150 dollars still to deposit.

President, Melody Freeman then announced that as of January 30th, 2007 we are now officially affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.

Newly elected Vice President of Broadcast, Bervette Carree spoke about her goals as Chair of the Membership Committee. She stated that membership will help the organization build a strong base. She also assured new and returning members that they would receive membership packets in the coming weeks.

The group took a vote on when the first Membership Mixer would be held for this year. Three dates are being considered for the end of the month to coincide with CIAA. A final date will be announced soon. Trey Harmon, Lena Warmack and Jarvis Holiday agreed to be on the committee planning the mixer.

President, Melody Freeman then suggested we hold another Accessing the Media Workshop this year since last year’s was such a success. Proposed dates for the event were April 14th, April 21st and April 28th. The dates were put to a vote all in attendance voted to hold the event on April 28th, 2007. Ken Lemon volunteered to chair the event and Melody Freeman volunteered to co-chair. Bervette Carree, Carlton Hargo, Lena Warmack, Glenn Burkins, Fannie Flono and Alva Pearson volunteered to help organize the event.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24th, 2007. At that meeting the planning committee will discuss the calendar for the year.


The National Association of Black Journalists Regional Conference is March 10TH, 2007 in Montgomery, Alabama. Melody Freeman has applications if any members are interested in going. She also has information on awards for anyone the organization would like to nominate for their work.

Fannie Flono gave Mel a press release for a health fair that is looking for volunteers to help plan the event.

January Meeting Attendance

Melody Freeman WCNC
Joy Scott The Star
Jarvis Holliday Charlotte Magazine
Lindsay Pollard Charlotte Observer
Lena Warmack Charlotte Observer
Fannie Flono Charlotte Observer

Glenn Burkins Charlotte Observer
Carlton Hargo Creative Loafing
Bervette Carree WCNC

Trey Harmon WCNC
Mary Curtis Charlotte Observer
Sharon White Charlotte Observer
Ken Lemon WSOC

Alva Pearson WCNC

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