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.

August 15, 2011

The Heat Is On: Summer Talk Series Finale with Police Chief Rodney Monroe on August 25

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will be the third and final speaker in our summer talk series on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Showmars Restaurant, 2004 East Seventh Street. Chief Monroe will discuss crime, use of Tasers, DNC safety, and other topics as well as take our questions. Please arrive promptly because the chief will speak at 7 p.m. A brief CAABJ meeting will follow.

Click here to RSVP for the August 25th event on Facebook.

August 12, 2011

Dedrick Russell Elected NABJ Region III Director

Congratulations to CAABJ President Dedrick Russell on being elected Region III Director of the National Association of Black Journalists during the 2011 NABJ Convention, held August 3-7 in Philadelphia. Dedrick, who is the education reporter for WBTV, is now an NABJ board member for the next two years and will help guide the professional and student NABJ chapters in the seven states that make up Region III: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Dedrick succeeds Ken Knight, of The Tampa Tribune, who served Region III well for several years. To learn more about Dedrick's recent election and his plans for Region III and the national chapter as a whole, click here to read this interview with him by Glenn Burkins for

NABJ was founded in 1975 and, currently with 3,500 members across the country, is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) has been a professional chapter of NABJ since relaunching in 2006. CAABJ will be holding its own 2012 board elections in coming months, so members--those interested in running for office and those who will be voting--should be on the lookout for details.