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.

May 3, 2009

CAABJ Member Seeks National Office

Dedrick Russell, a CAABJ member and education reporter for WBTV, is running for Vice President of Broadcast of the National Association of Black Journalists. If you're a member of the national chapter then you're eligible to vote in the national elections and we're asking that you support Russell. Voting begins online June 8 and concludes at the NABJ Convention in Tampa in August.

Russell has been in the communications field for more than a decade. He started out as a one-man-band reporter in South Carolina. After spending several years in the Palmetto State, he got a job as a photographer in Washington, D.C. He then worked his way up to reporter. In 2003 he left D.C. and became a reporter in Charlotte. While here he won SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi award for an educational series called the "Troubled Ten." Principals told Russell their plan to boost academic achievement at the ten lowest performing high schools in Charlotte.

Here's Russell's campaign statement:

The media industry is under attack. This is not the time to retreat, but it’s the time to fight back. It's time to find new and innovative ways NABJ and its members can survive in challenging times. As VP of Broadcast I will be an advocate for you. I believe my leadership skills will help the organization reach new heights. My listening skills will let members know they have a voice. And my skills as a team player will ensure everybody on the NABJ team reaches the goal together.

Click here to learn more about Russell and the other candidates seeking office within NABJ.

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