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.

July 31, 2009

August Is Filled with Events to Help You Progress in Your Profession

Do you remember when August used to be a time when not much was going on because people were enjoying their last vacation of the summer? Not anymore. The hottest month of the year is now also one of the busiest. There are several events and initiatives coming up that we believe you--professionals working in media and communications--can benefit from.

2009 NABJ Convention and Career Fair
The highly anticipated annual convention is upon us, being held August 5-9 in Tampa, FL. If you're attending the NABJ Convention, send us an email () so we can coordinate a meet-up of Charlotte folks. CAABJ member Dedrick Russell will wrap up his campaigning there as he seeks the office of vice president of broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists. Charlotte chapter president Jarvis Holliday will be blogging about the experience from Tampa at Visit for convention and election details.

Networking Reception for TV Professionals
August 4, 6-8 p.m.
Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.
Free, but RSVP is requested.

Are you in the television profession--or would like to be? GoodWorks Media Group is inviting TV professionals for a great opportunity to meet, mingle, and find out what's happening in the Charlotte community. This free networking event will include on-air talent, producers, directors, editors, audio/lighting specialists, TV make-up artists, videographers/camera operators, engineers, and people who are simply interested in learning more about how to start a career in television. Space is limited so please RSVP at .

CAABJ encourages your continued support of our affiliation with the Charlotte Chamber's Black Professionals Network (BPN). There are two great BPN events in August:

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands
August 4, 9:30 a.m.
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 330 S. Tryon St.
Free, but registration is required.

Terri Morrison, international speaker and co-author of Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries, will be the guest speaker at this event. Learn how to interact with international clients and cultural differences, learn business etiquette, get tips on how to increase your income, and become part of a searchable database of certified professionals.

Incorporating Diversity
SouthPark Chapter Breakfast
August 11, 7:30 a.m.

Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark, 5501 Carnegie Blvd.
Members: $20 online registration, $25 at the door; nonmembers: $45 online registration

Come hear leading executives talk about how they incorporate diversity in their businesses to the benefit of their bottom-line. Guest panelists: Nicole Dean, vice president of corporate human resources and chief diversity officer for Belk Inc.; Tim Flanagan Jr., president/owner of Hinrichs Flanagan Financial; and Kevin Henry, chief human resources officer for Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Visit to register and for more details on these events.

CAABJ Member Spotlight

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of, is featured in the August issue of Charlotte magazine. The article, titled "The Online Migration," depicts Burkins's launching his website, which is dedicated to news of importance to African-Americans in Charlotte. Click here to read the article.

Melody Taylor, a producer at WCNC and past CAABJ president, is leaving us. Mel and her family are moving to Houston. We thank her for her many contributions to CAABJ and local media over the years and we wish her family the best.

***Do you need to renew your CAABJ membership? Are you yet to join? If so, click here for the application.***

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