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.

September 30, 2010

Journalists Bowled for Great Cause

CAABJ hosted Bowling With the Journalists on September 10 to raise money for its annual college scholarship. Several CAABJ members, area journalists, friends, and family came out to AMF University Lanes to try their best to bowl a perfect game (not!) and support this great cause. It was a fun night of friendly competition and networking.

Below is a slideshow, with photos by Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective.

September 20, 2010

WUABJ to Host First Event

The Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists (WUABJ) has kicked off its first school year as an official NABJ student chapter, and is presenting its first public event this Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

WUABJ is hosting a panel discussion focusing on the different ways minority issues are represented in the media; whether issues such as poverty, crime, and unemployment in minority communities are downplayed, exaggerated, or appropriately covered.

The students are requesting that CAABJ members and other journalists in the area come out to support them in this event. The panel discussion will be held inside Johnson Hall (Room 101), on Winthrop's campus, 1920 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, S.C.

If you have any questions, contact Jasmine Rutledge, WUABJ member and event coordinator, at

CAABJ Member Shares His 'ViewPoint'

CAABJ member and immediate past president Jarvis Holliday is featured in the September 2010 issue of Charlotte ViewPoint, a web-based magazine that has built a reputation for its thought-provoking articles and columns. In the Q&A, Holliday is asked about his experiences as a freelance writer as well as what obstacles he feels African-American journalists face today. Click here to read the interview.

September 14, 2010

CAABJ College Scholarship Deadline November 17

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) will award their annual college scholarship to a student attending a Charlotte-area college or university, who is pursuing a career in journalism or mass communications. The $1,000 scholarship is designed to assist a student in his/her desire to achieve success in the journalism field.

Applications must be postmarked by November 17, 2010. A pdf of the scholarship application can be downloaded by clicking here. For questions or concerns, please e-mail CAABJ at or call president Dedrick Russell at 803-431-6240.

September 2, 2010

Charlotte Observer to Hold Hyper-local Publishing and Blogging Seminar Next Month

The Charlotte Observer is holding a "Hyper-local Publishing and Blogging 101" seminar October 9. Sponsored by the newspaper with support from a grant coordinated by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, the seminar will focus on the future of journalism and how mainstream newspapers can work with citizen-based websites and blogs.

Experts from local websites and blogs, and the Observer, will give tips and answer questions. The seminar will show you how to identify your audience, streamline your writing and boost your traffic.

The seminar is open to any resident of the Charlotte area, but it will focus on information for people who blog about public life or news--neighborhood news, specialty topics such as food or politics, or local style and fashion. Important to note: The seminar's speakers won't be covering information on using blogs to promote a particular business.

Hyper-local Publishing and Blogging 101
*Saturday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*The Charlotte Observer, 600 S. Tryon St.
*Parking is free and participants will be e-mailed details.
*Cost is $10, includes coffee, lunch, and all fees.

For more details and to register, go to (capacity is limited). You may also call 704-358-5077 if you have any questions.