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.

October 21, 2007

What's Next for CAABJ?

Thank you to all who came out and participated in CAABJ's Race and Education Forum on Saturday, October 20, 2007. The turnout was amazing. And we could not have done it with out the support of our members. For those of you who couldn't make it out, you missed a great event and some important information about what's coming up in the next few months in CAABJ.


Mentorship Program
We need people who are interested in being a mentor. We have 10 JCSU students who are ready to meet and work with you. The mentor program is e-mail based, meaning both mentee and mentor begin by sending each other an e-mail. It is then up to you to determine how much time you want to invest and what you and your mentee want to get out of this experience.

Scholarship Mixer
The scholarship Mixer is steadily approaching . This laid back but elegant event will be held on Decemeber 2, 2007 at WineUp on 3306-C N. Davidson Street from 5-8pm. One aspiring journalist will receive a $500 scholarship. It's not too late to apply. If you know a college student who is pursuing a degree in Journalism or Communications encourage them to apply. If you need an application contact the head of the Scholarship Committee, Lindsay Pollard at All applications must be post marked by November 2nd.

2008 Events Calendar
We are working on next year's events calendar. If there are events you would like to see CAABJ continue to do or start to do please e-mail us at Your input is important to us and we want to make sure that all our members have a say.

2008 CAABJ Board Elections
Elections for the 2008 year are right around the corner. The board has done a great job this year pushing CAABJ to new and improved level, so let's not lose momentum. If you or someone you know is interested in running for a seat on the 2008 CAABJ Board, please e-mail your nominations to You must be a member to nominate a candidate and to vote for candidates. The results of the election will be announced on December 2nd.

Please keep checking your e-mails for updates on these and other announcements from CAABJ. Also, if it's been a while since you received an e-mail from us please contact us at so we can make sure your information is in our database.

October 10, 2007

Race 101: An Examination of Race & Education

We are just 3 days away from what will surely be one of the biggest CAABJ events since our organization's resurgence! We have a unique opportunity to weigh in on the massive education gap in our area schools... a story we all either cover in our newsrooms, or deal with in our own lives.

Here's what CAABJ members need to know:
Date: Saturday, October 20th
Location: Levine Museum of the New South, Seventh Street, Charlotte
12pm: Brief CAABJ general body meeting
1pm: Race & Education forum, featuring CMS Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman

And a special treat! Our Race & Education forum will be showcased on Praise 100.9! Be sure to tune in on October 17th at 11 a.m. as we speak to Tonya Rivens about this important issue and promote our event!

Please encourage fellow journalists in your newsrooms and offices to attend our CAABJ meeting and event. It is critical that we have as many members at this meeting as possible, as we get ready to move CAABJ into the new year. A dedicated few have pushed to keep this organization alive, we need you to keep it going!
Pass this email along to any African-American journalist you know! And be sure to tell parents about the forum that starts at 1pm.

Thanks and we'll see you Saturday, October 20th!

October 7, 2007

Race 101: An Examination of Race in Education

You can't stand over you child's desk in school. You can't stand in the doorway during a test, but you can make a difference in how and what your son or daughter learns. We can help you take that first step.

Join members of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists along with the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as we present Charlotte Mecklenburg School Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman, local students, teachers, and a host of panelists for "Race 101: An Examination of Race in Education".

There will be a powerful discussion about education and our children, as well as, information that can help you be there when your child need you most. You’ll find the answers you need on Saturday October 20th from 1-3pm at the Levine Museum of the New South. Admission is free.