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.

January 12, 2006

Media-access workshop set for Jan. 28 at UNC Charlotte

We are pleased to announce our first event for the year, "Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get your Stories Told." The workshop is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Salons A & B of the Student Activity Center at UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. Free parking is available in the Cone and West decks. Please note that we will have a short general body meeting at 12:30.

This workshop aims to empower community members by giving them a chance to learn the best ways to pitch story ideas to print and broadcast outlets, and how to build relationships with members of the media.

Special thanks to program chair Lena Warmack of The Charlotte (CAABJ's vice president of print), Morgan Josey of The Gaston-Gazette, Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV, Dedrick Russell of WBTV and other members of the board of directors for their roles in planning the event.

Read below for more details on the project and how you can get involved:

Media Contact List
We will distribute a list of media companies and contacts to attendees. Please forward information about your company to Dedrick Russell at by Friday, Jan. 13. Information needed: main contact name and title; organization, office number, fax number, e-mail, web site, and a list of other African-American journalists at your organization.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to buy refreshments for the workshop. Be sure to look for your name on the attached sheet. We're also looking for one more volunteer to man the refreshment table to the event. Contact Morgan Josey at if you're interested.

Please help us spread the word about our media-access workshop by
distributing the PSA found below within your companies. Be
sure to e-mail April Bethea at, and tell
her who you've sent the information to and when it actually appears in
your publication or is aired. Thanks in advance.

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists proudly presents "Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get Your Stories Told" at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at UNC Charlotte's Student Activity Center, Salons A & B. Journalists from local print and broadcast outlets will show you the tricks to using the media to your advantage. To learn more, email CAABJ President April Bethea at

Join CAABJ in 2006!

Networking opportunities. Professional development seminars. Advocacy for more diverse news coverage. Those are just some of the benefits of joining the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists. I strongly encourage all of you to officially join CAABJ as a full, associate or student member.

Said Parliamentarian Cleve Wootson: "We've set an informal goal to increase membership to 50 members by July. At the Board of Directors meeting, we talked about ways to do that, but the best way is word of mouth. So we're sending out the membership application, and asking you to talk to coworkers, students, former journalists, professors, anyone you know that might be interested."

Chapter dues will support programs during the year and some administrative expenses. Dues were approved at the December 2005 general body meeting.

To join, please send the following information and a check for dues (payable to CAABJ) to Treasurer Cheryl "Chirl Girl" Patterson at V101.9 FM; 1520 South Blvd., Suite 300; Charlotte, NC 28203.

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
2006 Membership Application

Full Name:________________________________________________________
City: _________________ State: ____ Zip Code: ____________
Home phone: ___________ Work phone: ___________ Mobile: ___________

What media organization do you work for?

If applying for a student membership, what school do you attend?

What type of membership are you seeking?

Full Membership ($50): Open to working journalists, i.e., reporters, editors and photographers who work for newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines and wire services and who produce, gather, disseminate and distribute news. In addition, memberships shall be open to free-lance journalists who can prove that they spend more than half their time producing, gathering, disseminating or distributing news.

Associate Membership ($35): Open to journalists employed in public information areas, to journalists employed in an academic field, i.e. college of university professors, high school journalism teachers, or those working journalists who after being employed at a newspaper, television or radio station, magazine or wire service decide to further their education.

Student Membership ($20): Student membership shall be open to anyone who is a full time student at an accredited high school, college or university. Course of study must be in the communications field, preferably print journalism or broadcast journalism.

What CAABJ activities are you interested in? (check all that apply)
-- Programs Committee
-- Scholarships and Community Service
-- Media Watch
-- Fundraising

Do you have any special skills, experience or talent that might benefit CAABJ?

Questions? Contact CAABJ Parliamentarian Cleve Wootson at