If you missed our General Body meeting last week, you missed an opportunity to experience the essence of what the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists is all about. Held at Carrabba's on South Blvd, your fellow journalists gathered to discuss upcoming CAABJ events and to discuss the state of the black voice in Charlotte media. We conversed, we connected, we had conflicting opinions, but we all agreed that we as black journalists have both the responsibility and the opportunity to make sure African-Americans are portrayed accurately and equally in the media.
Things to keep in mind for 2008:
1. CAABJ Access to the Media Workshop - April 19, 2008
The CAABJ Access to the Media Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 1-4 p.m., at Freedom Regional Library (1230 Alleghany St.) This event will allow the Charlotte community an opportunity to hear from area journalists on how to get their stories told. Our annual Access to the Media Workshop is in its third year and has been very successful in the past. We'll be relying on you to help us promote the event to the community, so please make sure it gets listed in the event calendars in your publications and on your stations. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact committee co-chairs Alva Pearson at or Ken Lemon at .
2. CAABJ Summer Cookout - June 2008
Fun times, very likely at our president's home this year. Enough said. Details to come.
3. "The Black and Brown Vote" - September 2008, Levine Museum of the New South
Given the current political climate, the 2008 election has caused a resurgence in interest in the American democratic and electoral process. The world has its eyes on America and Americans have their eyes on us, the media. Therefore it is our responsibility to provide as much accurate information as we can to help the public to make well-informed decisions. This event will do just that. We will partner with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to bring the black and brown communities in Charlotte together to hear from local politicians, the media, and each other on why our vote is so important. Additional details to come. Contact committee co-chairs Ayofemi Kirby at or Melody Taylor at to volunteer.
4. Black Talk Radio in Charlotte Mecklenburg
Tavis Smiley. Tom Joyner. And Charlotte's own B.J. Murphy (who attended our meeting last week). Check out black-owned radio station WGIV 1370 am and the all new B.J. Murphy Show. Visit www.wgiv1370.com for more information.
It's time for you to get connected to your community, your peers, and to take an active role in the future of African-Americans in our industry. If you have yet to join CAABJ, here's your chance. Complete the application below, and mail in your dues. Questions? Contact us at .
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ)
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.