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.

April 27, 2008

Media Access Workshop a Success/May GB Meeting

Thank you to everyone who helped make last Saturday’s Accessing the Media workshop a success. And a special thank you to our volunteers and panelists: Joy Scott, Managing and Interactive Editor for the Shelby Star; Steve Crump, Reporter for WBTV; and Hope Paasch, Regional Editor for The Charlotte Observer.

Many of the workshop’s attendees thanked us for providing them with valuable tips and information, and for hosting this community event. Here’s a quote from an email we received from workshop participant Pamela Mahoney, PR Manager for the Charlotte Film Festival:

“Thank you for alerting me about the CAABJ Media Workshop. It was definitely a good event for me to attend. I gleaned useful information, and also met a number of helpful people.”

Read more about the workshop and watch a video of the workshop here (Courtesy of Eastonsweb Multimedia).

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Next up:
May General Body Meeting
Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m.
200 E. Bland St. (South End)

We hope to see many old and new faces there.

Stay tuned for details on our 2nd Annual Summer Kickoff Cookout coming in June!


Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ)


April 20, 2008

CAABJ Shares Media Secrets with the
Charlotte Community

Members of the Charlotte community discovered accessing the media may not be as hard as it seems during the CAABJ annual Accessing the Media workshop.

On April 19, small business owners, public relations specialists and members of local organizations engaged in a lively discussion with area journalists, and learned how they can get their stories told.

CAABJ President Jarvis Holliday guided the two-hour discussion with topics that ranged from building relationships with reporters, to story pitching, to the opportunities online newsrooms and new media offer community members looking to engage the media and the greater Charlotte community.

Panelists included Steve Crump (Reporter, WBTV), Hope Paasch (Regional Editor, The Charlotte Observer), and Joy Scott (New Media Editor, The Shelby Star).

In addition to exclusive tips offered during the session, participants were also given a personal Accessing the Media toolkit that included tips on writing press releases, media management advice, and a media list.

CAABJ would like to thank our panelists, volunteers, the Freedom Regional Library, Harris Teeter, and all participants for making "Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get Your Stories Told" a success.

We want to hear from you! Please share with us how the information you received during the "Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get Your Stories Told" will benefit you, your organization or your business by leaving a comment on our blog.

"Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get Your Stories Told"

April 3, 2008

Accessing the Media workshop April 19

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists cordially invites you to our 3rd annual educational workshop, "Secrets to Accessing the Media: How to Get Your Stories Told."

This free workshop will give you a unique opportunity to speak with some of the men and women who work for Charlotte-area newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations. This is also a great networking opportunity, not only with the media, but other community leaders.

During this workshop, you will learn the best way to get the word out on your events. You will also get a chance to learn how newsrooms in our area work. This informative workshop will also arm you with information on who you should call first and how to pitch a great story.

Secrets to Accessing the Media

Where: Freedom Library, 1230 Alleghany Street, Charlotte

When: Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

Free admission

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Alva Pearson or Ken Lemon: 919.673.3691/ 704.564.0313 or /