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.

February 19, 2010

N.C. A&T's Black Journalists Chapter to Hold Panel Discussion Featuring Ed Gordon

The National Association of Black Journalists at North Carolina A&T State University is holding a panel discussion titled "African-Americans and the Changing Media Landscape." Scheduled for February 24, 6-7:30 p.m., the event will focus on the African-American journalist and the coverage of African-Americans in the media under the context of the 21st century. It will feature an esteemed panel, led by veteran journalist Ed Gordon.

-Ed Gordon, 60 Minutes Correspondent/BET Nightly News
-Linda Williams, Managing Editor of the News & Observer
-Allen Johnson, Opinions Editor of the News & Record
-Sheeka Strickland, Fox 8 Field Reporter
-Dexter Mullins, Editor-in-Chief of The A&T Register

The discussion will be moderated by Malcolm Eustache, NABJ Region III Student Representative and NABJ Student Chapter President at N.C. A&T.

Venue: General Classroom Building, N.C. A&T, 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro.

For more info, contact Eustache at 704-277-1351 or

February 15, 2010

NABJ Awards Deadline this Friday

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is looking to place the spotlight of professionalism on excellence in reporting. The NABJ Awards call for entries deadline is Friday, February 19. Click here to submit your nominations.

Salute to Excellence National Media Awards
NABJ recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community during 2009. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition is open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and/or online journalism media. Submissions must cover people or issues of the African/African American Diaspora. Entries will be judged on content, creativity, innovation, use of the medium, and relevance to the black community in 59 categories. Finalists are notified in advance, and winners are announced at the Salute to Excellence Gala, taking place during the NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair in San Diego, CA.

Special Honors Awards
NABJ's most coveted awards honor the groundbreaking accomplishments of black journalists and those who support blacks in the media. These awards include Lifetime Achievement, Journalist of the Year, and Best Practices. From those who blazed the trail to the ones who fight to make sure our stories are heard, even in the face of adversity, NABJ bestows 12 special honors on journalism organizations, professionals, educators, and students committed to exemplary coverage of the black community.

NABJ Hall of Fame Inductions
Every year, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. On April 5, 1990, seven distinguished journalists became charter members of the NABJ Hall of Fame. For 20 years, NABJ has inducted 38 journalists into the esteemed Hall of Fame. Nominations are approved by the NABJ Board of Directors. New inductees are installed annually at the NABJ Hall of Fame Banquet and Inductions, which is scheduled to take place during the NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair in San Diego, CA.

February 5, 2010

CIAA to Hold Charlotte Press Conference Feb. 9

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is hosting its pre-tournament press conference Tuesday, February 9, 11 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College St.). Conference and sponsor representatives will announce new tournament additions, official events, celebrity appearances, and welcome Chowan University as the newest tournament participant. The CIAA Basketball Tournament is being held in Charlotte for the fifth consecutive year, February 23-27.

2009 CIAA Tournament champions Johnson C. Smith University.

Speakers/interview opportunities include:
-Anthony Lindsey, Chair - CIAA LOC
-Leon G. Kerry, Commissioner of the CIAA
-Dr. M. Christopher White, President of Chowan University
-Dennis Helsel, Athletic Director of Chowan University
-Tom Grabowski, CEO USEG - Representing TV One and Ford Motor Co.
-Eric Watson, Vice President - Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Food Lion
-Karen McKenzie, Director - Multi-Cultural Marketing, Lowe’s
-Sherman McCoy, Staff Operations Director - North Carolina Operations, Nationwide Insurance

Interviews and photo ops will begin immediately following the press conference.

For any questions or additional information, contact Derek Ross at 919-358-4035,, or Shera White at 757-864-0196,

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is based in Hampton, Virginia. The CIAA is America’s oldest historically black college and university conference and is made up of 11 HBCUs situated along the Eastern Seaboard. For more information about the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit For more information about the CIAA Conference, visit