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.

December 12, 2012

CAABJ Hosts Carolinas NABJ Chapters

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) partnered with the Triad Association of Black Journalists and the newly formed South Carolina Association of Black Journalists to host a meeting of Carolinas chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte.

Enjoy a recap of this event in the slideshow below, via a series of tweets (or click here to view it directly on Storify).

You can also view photos from the event by CAABJ Board Member, photographer Jon Strayhorn of Media Arts Collective, by clicking here:

November 8, 2012

Election Fever

Now that we have a national president, it's time to elect a local president, and vp, and treasurer... of the CAABJ! 

We've had a very productive year, from our engaging Accessing the Media Workshop to hosting a successful NABJ Region III Conference to great fundraisers and an outstanding CIAA Mixer. The past year has been full of successes.

We need your help to continue the momentum and take CAABJ to the next level. CAABJ is now soliciting people to be leaders as we embark on another election season.  We are looking for a President, VP of Broadcast, VP of Print, Treasurer, Secretary, and Parliamentarian to take over.

If you are interested please email by Thursday, November 15th at 5 p.m. If you're thinking about stepping up but aren't sure, contact a current board member and get the inside track on what it's like--their contact information is in the far-left column on the screen. You won't regret it!

October 16, 2012

'Jazzy Wine Tasting' is Just Around the Corner!

CAABJ's “Jazzy Wine Tasting,” taking place Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m., is shaping up to be one of Fall's most sought-after social events. In addition to stimulating company and relationship building, guests will enjoy luscious wines and live music. And the silent auction items, which benefit our scholarship fund for future journalists, are positively decadent:

-Gift certificates from Ralph Lauren & Michael Kors
-Prizes from Allen Edmonds fine mens' shoes
-Meal at Enso Sushi Bar
-Chamilia charm bracelet from Brownlee Jewelers
-Theater and bowling passes worth over $75
-Meineke & Auto Bell gift cards
-Pamper cards from Polish Nail Bar
-Gemstone bracelet from Perry's at South Park, an over $500 value

Get an early jump on holiday shopping and support the next generation of journalists, too!

Jazzy Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m.
Threes Tap Room | Wine Bar
333 W. Trade St.,

Tickets: $20 each, $35 for 2

For more information or to RSVP, go to our event page on Facebook.

September 11, 2012

Awards, Promotions & Highlights

Now that we've got a little time to decompress post-DNC, we want to take a minute to acknowledge members who have made us PROUD this past month with exceptional work and accomplishments!

Board member and official CAABJ photographer Jon Strayhorn, owner of Media Arts Collective, was honored as a Rising Star by the Young and Powerful for Obama group! Congratulations, Jon, for showing them what we already knew! Former CAABJ President, writer-about-town and publisher of Jarvis Holliday was also recognized by the organization.

Vice President of Print Michaela Duckett has joined the historic Charlotte Post as a full-time staff editor, and will bring her in-depth interview skills and high journalistic standards to the position.

Shannon McKnight, an instrumental part of the CAABJ DNC board as well as a strong, strategic advisor, has been appointed director of communications for the Urban League of the Central Carolinas! You can't hide talent and dedication.

CAABJ is proud to tout the achievements of our colleagues and members. Do you know of any other member's accolades we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below, and let's not forget to congratulate each other as we progress.

August 30, 2012

CAABJ Hosts DNC Mixer Sunday

RSVPs from local, regional and national guests are rolling in for our mixer to kick off coverage of the DNC this Sunday, 6-9 p.m. at Caviar. This exclusive, invitation-only event is free for all CAABJ members and will include political, cultural and thought leaders, as well as some of the nation's best journalists and a special performance by Grammy-winning artist Gerald Albright. Space is limited and RSVP is required, so please respond to the email invitation before Sunday!

Special thanks to our sponsorship partners:
Wells Fargo
The Urban League of the Central Carolinas
Comcast NBC Universal
Food Lion
Foothills News Channel
Richard A. Peniston Law Firm
Hope Haven Catering


  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 6-9 pm
  • Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall Street
  • RSVP required (check your email)
See you there!

August 17, 2012

CAABJ Summer Splash

Are you ready for our Summer Splash soiree?
We're having cookout food, live DJ and giveaways at our private Uptown rooftop.
Come party with us under skyline views, or cool off in the pool this Saturday.
Today's the last day to get discounted tickets at and space is limited, so don't delay!

WHEN: Saturday Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: 715 N. Church Street
DRESS: Poolside chic

*Non-members and friends of CAABJ are invited to come, too!

July 15, 2012

Carl McLean Tapped for Station Honor

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists members continue to make a difference in the workplace. WSOC veteran photographer, editor and satellite truck operator Carl McLean proves that. Friday Carl received the inaugural  WSOC/ WAXN-TV Noogie Award. The monthly award is given to the employee who has shown dedication and leadership beyond the call of duty. Station Manager Joe Pomillo presented the award during a brief ceremony.
     Carl has covered news in Charlotte for 29 years. You may not know his face, but you've seen his work. He's documented some of the biggest moments in Charlotte history, including Hurricane Hugo, the Jim Bakker scandal, the NBA expansion to Charlotte-Hornets, the Rae Carruth murder trial, the trial of serial killer Henry Lewis Wallace and the Panthers' Super Bowl appearance.
     Co-worker and CAABJ President Ken Lemon calls Carl the model newsman. "Carl does it all, knows it all, and uses his talents to improve everyone around him. He often works magic with a camera. His advice to me early in my career with WSOC was invaluable".
     Carl says "I've really been blessed to do a job that's been exciting and demanding. After all these years I still love it! And to think they pay me to do it! LOL!"
Congratulations, Carl!

July 5, 2012

Bowling with the Journalists is Back!

Bowl with your favorite broadcaster, catch a spare with section editor or hit the pocket with a producer this month, for a good cause. Join Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists next Friday for our annual scholarship fundraiser.

Celebrity pin crushers include: 

Sonja Gantt
Anjanette Flowers
Richard DeVayne

Tenikka Smith
Ken Lemon

Christine Nelson
Dedrick Russell

We knock 'em down at 8 pm, Friday July 13th at Northcross Lanes At The Lake, 16317 Statesville Road Huntersville, NC. Your twenty dollars pays for shoes and two hours of bowling.  Proceeds from this event will go to help a deserving college student continue their studies. For more information, email us at or call 704 564-0313.

June 26, 2012

WGIV Program Director A.C. Stowe Dies

Alvin A.C. Stowe, program director for WGIV AM/FM in Charlotte and host of The A.C. Stowe Morning Show, made his transition Saturday, June 23rd at 11:05 a.m.  

Alvin “AC” Stowe was a 30-year veteran programmer in the radio industry. He began his career at his alma mater, Shaw University’s WSHA-FM. His list of stations include Top 40 G-105 and Adult Contemporary WDNC in Durham, N.C. He also implemented the format switch to Urban AC at WFXC & WDUR in Durham, which went #1 under his tenure.

Other programming stops included WBLX in Mobile, Alabama and WMGL in Charleston, S.C. where he implemented the format switch from Top 40 to Urban AC. After a 10 year hiatus as Regional Promotions Manger for Atlantic Records, A.C. got back to programming at WQMG in Greensboro, N.C. which posted its first #1 book under his leadership, WQNC & WPZS Charlotte, N.C.

Family services for Stowe will be held Thursday, June 28th at 1 p.m. at the Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem, N.C. Viewing will begin at 12 Noon.

June 12, 2012

CAABJ Workshop: LinkedIn Strategies for Journalists

You're already using online tools for career and job advancement, so let CAABJ ramp up your success strategy with a LinkedIn workshop.

Make plans to attend our next meeting and learn how to maximize your profile, build relationships and beef up your reputation. Also hear from Mark Kemp, Editor in Chief of Creative Loafing, as he shares what he looks for when searching for potential job candidates on LinkedIn. RSVP here.

Glenn Proctor, founder and CEO of, is also providing tips of tried-and-true strategies for getting noticed on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Have an unique approach that has worked for you? Or a question you'd like us to answer? Leave it below, and see you Saturday!

  • WHAT: Monthly meeting and LinkedIn Workshop
  • WHEN: Saturday, June 16th at 11 a.m.
  • WHERE: Loco Lime, 1101 Central Ave., Charlotte
  • WHO: Creative Loafing Editor in Chief Mark Kemp, ReddJobb CEO Glenn Proctor, CAABJ members, interested journalists and friends!

Health Policy Journalist Training -- In VEGAS

From David Lemmon, Families USA:

On behalf of Families USA, I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming National Health Policy Training for Communities of Color.

The National Health Policy Journalism Training for Communities of Color is hosting two days of training for journalists on Tuesday, July 30, 2012 and Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conveniently, our training is taking place just before the UNITY Convention which begins the evening of Wednesday, August 1 and ends Saturday, August 4th. The UNITY Convention will also be held in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV – another added convenience.

This training is designed to bring attention to health policy issues that affect communities of color and to ensure that journalists have the tools, resources, and information they need to report on these topics.

During the skills-building sessions, several talented journalists will share their wealth of experience by covering topics such as basic health policy reporting and new media journalism. We have also invited several policy experts for our sessions that focus on health disparities, health reform, and state and national perspectives on health care reform.

If you have questions regarding this training or you are just looking for more information please contact Elizabeth Prescott ( or Airrion Andrews ( by email or dial 202-628-3030 and ask for either by name.

If you would like to register, you can do so online here or download our registration form and return it to or fax to 202-347-2117.

Please note: A discounted registration is available for those attendees that pre-register and we will also make fellowships available based on need. If you would like to apply for a fellowship, while filling out the registration please indicate the type of assistance you need and complete the online registration or return the form to or fax it to 202-347-2117.  Pre registration ends on June 22, 2012.

We hope you will be able to attend this training. I look forward to hearing from you.


David Lemmon
Families USA

June 11, 2012

Job Openings at NPR

A couple of Big roles:

Executive Editor, News
Oversees all news desks and beats, including desk editors, reporters and correspondents and associated production staff. Assures that the News Division is delivering timely and original stories to audiences on all platforms.

The Executive Editor supervises all desk heads and works in collaboration with the Managing Editor for Digital News and the Executive Editor for News Programming collectively driving the effort to create a multiplatform newsroom. In addition, the Executive Editor advises the Senior Vice President for News on major initiatives related to the News Division including staffing requirements, personnel performance, and all departmental expenditures for news coverage. The Executive Editor is responsible for managing all units within budget and assumes other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President for News.

Essential duties:

  •  Leads a News division that embraces the highest standards of journalism. Ensures that News managers uphold the most rigorous articulation of news ethics, standards and practices. 
  •  Insures that all coverage reflects NPR’s guiding principles of accuracy, fairness, completeness, honesty, independence, impartiality, transparency, accountability, respect and excellence. 
  • Advises Senior Vice President for News and the Chief Content Officer on overall news strategy and directs the daily editorial process in collaboration with the Managing Editor for Digital News and the Executive Editor for News Programming determining broadly which stories will be covered, by whom and for which platform(s). 
  • Oversees the editorial direction of NPR News by participating in the planning process and executing the editorial strategy to assure the highest quality coverage. 
  •  Works with the Executive Editor of News Programming and the Managing Editor of Digital News on a daily basis to create superior coverage by ensuring that there is a focus and direction to content being developed and that there is coordination and collaboration across platforms and across News staff. 
  • Sets expectations for daily news gathering by leading a nimble, flexible and creative response to coverage. 
  • Oversees daily editorial conversations and meetings to insure aggressive and original reporting, effective communication, coordination and collaboration across all platforms. 
  • Builds bridges across the newsroom and fosters and implements new approaches to coverage and new ways to work together to create excellent, audience-directed content. 
  • Solicits and reviews proposals for new coverage ideas and makes recommendations to the Senior Vice President for News. 
  • Develops and fosters an open dialogue about our coverage and leads staff to think beyond the confines of their job description and their specific unit. 
  • Fosters reporting that sets an independent news agenda – drives news managers to generate original, enterprise and investigative reporting. 
  • Oversees development of major projects in News Division. 
  • Provides overall supervision of key newsroom leaders. 
  • Drives strategic priorities in News across all platforms. 
  • Leads futures planning so that NPR will set the pace for others to follow. 
  • Monitors News and Information content. Conducts regular sessions with news managers to evaluate and critique coverage. 
  • Advises Senior Vice President for News on programming, staffing requirements, performance highlights and concerns in a timely manner. 
  • Ensures that the productivity and performance of the News Division personnel is evaluated and recommends changes as needed. 
  • Identifies efficiencies and coverage needs and corresponding staff requirements. 
  • Infuses all aspects of Diversity across the NPR newsroom; including our coverage, setting our news agenda, staffing, and developing our team. 
  • Assists key News supervisors in managing all departmental expenditures. 
  • Works with News managers to help them identify operational inefficiencies, create an optimum budget and then operate within that budget. 
  • Reviews proposals for major reporting projects and approves all expenditures. o Advises the Senior Vice President in the preparation of budget proposals. 
  • Works closely with the News Division’s Financial and Administrative Managers to coordinate department activities regarding personnel, administration, and planning. 
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President for News and Information. 
  • Undertakes special projects and assignments as required. 
  • Builds bridges with other departments that support the News Division, including Digital Media, Programming, Member & Program Services, Communications and NPR’s revenue and administrative divisions.
Education: Bachelor of Arts required, higher degree preferred or equivalent experience.

Required Skills: • At least 10 years journalistic experience at the national level. • At least 5 years newsroom management experience at the national level. • Proven track record as a journalist covering and/or overseeing breaking news coverage. • Proven track record as a journalist developing and executing enterprise and/or investigative stories and coverage. • Proven track record working with seasoned journalists and developing new talent. • Demonstrated skills in managing large projects and team building. • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Preferred Skills: • Broadcast experience extremely desirable. • Digital Media experience extremely desirable. • Demonstrated skills driving change and transition in a Newsroom.

Senior Investigations Editor

The Senior Investigations Editor leads investigative, enterprise and accountability reporting at NPR for both broadcast and digital. The position works with dedicated reporters as well as beat reporters and editors across the division to expand and improve original, ambitious and sustained investigative work. The position drives the goal of improving and expanding enterprise and investigative reporting by working with both specially assigned staff and with beat reporters and editors across platforms and the division.

Fosters coordination and collaboration across desks and shows to develop original reporting and special series.
Leads the effort to improve and strengthen the current beat structure to expand the focus on investigative and enterprise journalism.
Coaches reporters and editors across platforms in developing investigative and enterprise stories and integrating digital and broadcast efforts.
Brings considerable, national-level sources and contacts to the job.
Upholds NPR’s guiding principles of accuracy, fairness, completeness, honesty, independence, impartiality, transparency, accountability, respect and excellence.
Drives data driven and computer-assisted reporting.
Oversees collaborations with independent organizations developing investigative stories.
Advises Senior Vice President and Executive Editor on staffing requirements, personnel and performance, and programming for enterprise projects and initiatives.
Reviews proposals for projects involving more than one desk or program and approves all expenditures.
Advises the Senior Vice President in the preparation of budget proposals.
Works closely with the News Division’s Financial and Administrative Managers to coordinate department activities regarding personnel, administration, and planning.
Assumes other duties as assigned by the Executive Editor for News and Information.
Undertakes special projects and assignments as required.
Education: Bachelor's degree required, higher degree preferred, or equivalent experience.

At least 10 years’ journalism experience at the national level.
At least 5 years newsroom management experience at the national level.
Proven track record as a journalist developing and executing enterprise and investigative stories and coverage under long and short deadlines.
Experience with investigative work on digital platforms as well as traditional.
Proven track record working with seasoned journalists and developing new talent, including the ability to coach.
Demonstrated skills in managing large projects and team building.
Excellent communication and writing skills.
Proven experience directing computer-assisted reporting.
A creative mind and an understanding of the mission of NPR.
Willingness to innovate, learn new skills and create new ways to serve the NPR community on all platforms.
Broadcast experience desirable
Demonstrated skill driving newsroom wide collaborations
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.  All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

 NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Do you ‘Like’ us? Follow us on Facebook at This Is NPR.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @NPRjobs, as well as #NPRlife for 'behind the scenes' tweets about life at NPR from our employees.

May 10, 2012

Free Training for Business and Financial Reporters

Unlocking Financial Statements -- May 14-18, 2012
There’s still time to join award-winning University of Kansas Professor Jimmy Gentry for the free, 5-day webinar next week. Learn how to analyze and find stories in financial statements.
Register here for this webinar, held one hour a day. Registration closes 8 p.m. ET on May 11.

Economics 101 -- June 26-28, 2012
Next month, NPR’s Marilyn Geewax is teaching a free webinar for one hour each day June 26-28. Sign up here.

Finding Local Jobs Stories in BLS Data -- July 10, 2012

Four years into producing stories on unemployment woes, you may be looking for new angles. The good news is that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has a treasure trove of data that offer fresh insights on your local jobs market.
In this hourlong, live session you’ll learn where to find the local statistics to substantiate the trend stories you are seeing  — and find new ones. Sign up here.

Telling Great Stories in Business Reporting -- August 13, 2012

Ask too many business reporters about storytelling, and they’ll say, “Oh, yeah – I have an anecdotal lede.” In fact, great stories are built from the ground up, beginning with reporting techniques that empower you when it’s time to write and moving on to eye-opening tools borrowed from the worlds of screenwriting and suspense fiction.
Learn how to:
Gather the telling details while chasing the story.
Deepen your story with universal characters from folklore and myths.
Use techniques from screenwriting and potboilers to strengthen your writing.

Find more free training or sign up for weekly updates at!

CAABJ's Tenikka Smith Promoted to WAXN TV 64 Weekday Morning Anchor

WSOC-TV Channel 9 anchor/reporter Tenikka Smith has been moved from weekend  anchor to WAXN TV64 weekday morning anchor.  Effective immediately, Smith will handle anchor duties for WAXN TV 64 Eyewitness News Daybreak, weekday mornings from 7am-9am.
“Tenikka is an outstanding reporter and anchor. She will be an asset to our current morning team and will continue to provide WSOC and WAXN with strong enterprise reporting,” says WSOC-TV News Director Julie Szulczewski.
A North Carolina native, Smith joined the Eyewitness News team in August of 2009.  Prior to coming to Charlotte, she reported for WPTY-WLMT in Memphis, Tennessee.   While in Tennessee she received the Making Kids Count Broadcast Media Award from the Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth, for a child care report card segment.   Her research has been printed in the Journal of Health Communication.
Smith earned a degree in Mass Communication from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.  
When she’s not working, Smith enjoys reading, spending time with friends and loved ones and spoiling her dog, Sebastian.   She’s also a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Congratulations, Tenikka!!

April 25, 2012

CAABJ Initiative Connects High School Students with Prominent Journalists

Me In The Media Initiative

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is pleased to announce the “Me in Media” Initiative. The mission of this initiative is to encourage African-American middle and high school students to consider careers in journalism and mass communications. Our goal is to foster growth in those who aspire to be journalists by introducing them to high-profile African Americans working in media-related professions.

We are excited to launch this program during the historic Democratic National Convention, where select students will share the spotlight with nationally acclaimed journalists.

This initiative will also challenge students to explore and express their views about the media’s portrayal of the African-American community and experience.

Four winners will be chosen from the Me In the Media initiative, to meet and partner with members of the national media during this year’s Democratic National Convention. We thank you in advance for your support.

Applicants must be of African descent living in the Charlotte region.
Applicants must be in the 6th-12th grades as of May 31, 2012.
Applicants must have permission to enter from a parent or legal guardian.
Applicants must submit an original essay OR video on the following topic: Choose a specific issue in your community (bullying, education, recycling, health issues, etc) that needs more media coverage. Write an essay or create a video addressing that issue.
          o Essays must be 250-350 words and in Mac or Word format.
          o Videos must 2-3 minutes long and on a CD or DVD in .mov or .avi format. Alternatively, a link to the uploaded video may be included on the application.
Completed applications with video or essay must be received by midnight June 9, 2012.

Email entries to with Subject: Me In the Media Application, or mail to:

Me In The Media Initiative
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
PO Box 31024
Charlotte, NC 28231

CAABJ is a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. We are a nonprofit organization composed of writers, artists, managers, and talent from all of the major television stations, newspapers, and some of the most notable radio stations, magazines, web publications, and public relations firms in the greater Charlotte area. Our mission is to increase diversity in media organizations and the diversity of coverage as it relates to the African-American community.

Application Form

Me in the Media Application

April 23, 2012

Win a Chance to Attend NABJ Nationals Free!!

CAABJ will cover registration for one lucky member to attend the 2012 NABJ national convention in New Orleans!
This is a $380 value that is really priceless for all the network- and relationship-building that will take place when journalists, celebrities, executives and professionals converge June 20-24th.
All you have to do is be a current member of CAABJ and NABJ and leave a comment on why you should be chosen on our Facebook page. Please limit comments to 70 words max.
The winner will be announced at our monthly meeting this Saturday April 28th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kickstand Grille, 1101 Central Avenue, Charlotte, 28204.
Membership has its privileges!

There's still time to put your hat in the ring for a chance at the convention!!! Due to enthusiastic response, we've extended the deadline to Friday, May 4th. Don't delay!

April 17, 2012

CAABJ Discusses Trayvon, Media & Race

Media watchers are not going to want to miss this month's membership meeting!
We'll be discussing Trayvon Martin, media coverage and race. Special guest James Jackson of Fox 35 WOFL News in Florida will be skyping in to talk about the handling of sensitive national stories like the Trayvon Martin case. Topics will include:
  • Convincing decision-makers that a story warrants more or continued coverage
  • Objectivity and journalists of color
  • The role of digital media in breaking this story
  • And more! Email questions you'd like to pose to
WHEN: April 28th, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kickstand Grille, 1101 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
HOSTED BY: Charlotte Association of Black Journalists

March 30, 2012

K. Lemon to Emcee Operation Purple's Black Tie Affair

March 19, 2012 / Charlotte, NC-- Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists President Ken Lemon (WSOC-TV) has been tapped to emcee the United We Serve Black Tie Reception. The event will benefit Operation Purple, a charity organized by the National Military Family Association to send children of military families to summer camp. Gubernatorial Candidate Pat McCrory will be the guest speaker.

The event takes place Sunday April 1st, 6 p.m., at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. Also speaking: Patrick Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem and City Councilman; Radio personality Cheryl “Chirl Girl” Patterson of WBAV 101.9, Niki Kapoor, NIKA formalwear owner and designer, and Oronde McClean, Mecklenburg County Commissioner-at-Large candidate.

The reception is also the official launch of SFTV, owned by Susan Flowers, PhD. According to Dr. Flowers, "The SFTV Network is not only giving North Carolina an international media presence this April by staking its claim here in Charlotte, we are giving back to the community from day one by supporting NC's hardest working military families with the Operation Purple Benefit Gala."

The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy, connected relationships. The program is open to children and families of active duty, National Guard or Reserve service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the U.S.

  • WHAT: United We Serve & SFTV Launch to Benefit Operation Purple
  • WHERE: Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St, Charlotte NC
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 1, 2012, 6 – 10 pm. VIP Cocktail Mixer at 6, Opening Address at 8


For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Flowers, please contact:
Helen Davis, Co-Owner NextStep Marketing  @ 704-408-8073 or

March 23, 2012

Deadline Approaches for DNC Press Credentials

Attention journalists planning to cover DNC events: the deadline to apply for press credentials is April 15, 2012. There is less than ONE MONTH LEFT to do so. For more information on the process, see the press release below.
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2011
Contact: LaVenia LaVelle, Kristie Greco 704-338-7075


DNCC Announces Launch of Media Credentialing Process for
the 2012 Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE - The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced the opening of the 2012 media credentialing process for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Applications are being accepted by both the Congressional Press Galleries and the DNCC Press Gallery.

The credential application process is open from December 8, 2011, through April 15, 2012, to allow media outlets to apply in order to obtain access to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the week of September 3, 2012.

The majority of press credentials for the Democratic Convention will be issued through the Congressional Press Galleries—Radio-Television, Daily, Periodical, and Photographers. The DNCC Press Gallery exists in order to credential organizations that do not fit into their categories or meet their requirements. The DNCC Press Gallery spans a range of media including specialty media, blogs, college/student media, entertainment media and other outlets that the Congressional Galleries defer.

*** Links to the Congressional Press Galleries and the DNCC Press Gallery application can be found here.   The credential application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2012***

If you have questions in the interim, please contact our DNCC Press Gallery team at or our Communications Department at for any editorial inquiries. Please note submitting an application does not guarantee an organization will be credentialed for the Time Warner Cable Arena site during the Convention.

March 14, 2012

DNC Director to Speak at Monthly Networking Meeting

Kristie Greco, executive director of communications and public relations for the Democratic National Convention planning committee, will attend our next monthly membership meeting. 
She will be giving updates as well as speaking OFF THE RECORD about what to expect. 
The meeting is Saturday, March 24th at 11 a.m. at Johnson C. Smith University's Communication Arts, Music, Business and Technology (CAMBT) Building, Room 113, 100 Beatties Ford Road. 
In fact, Johnson C. Smith has agreed to be our hosts for 2012. For the rest of the year, unless otherwise specified, our meetings will be held every third Saturday in Room 113 of the CAMBT, so mark your calendars and tell your friends! Journalists and students are welcome to attend.
To get to the CAMBT Building:
-Turn Left at the Guard booth
-Make another Left at the next stop sign
-Head towards silver building with black gate. Sign reads CAMBT.
-Room 113 is straight down the hall on the right.

March 10, 2012

Sorority Greek Health Olympics Kicks Off

By Sondra EZ Hines for QCity Metro

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Charlotte Alumnae Chapter is sponsoring the inaugural Sorority Greek Health Olympics.
The event will be held Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. at Johnson C. Smith University (Track and Field Sports Complex) and is a part of the sorority’s annual Sisterhood Month.
"This event is a great opportunity for Delta members and other Greek sorority members to exercise in a competitive, yet fun environment," said Melody Harris, second V.P. of the Charlotte chapter and co-chair of Membership Services, the committee overseeing Sisterhood Month activities.
The idea of a SGHO is to “promote healthy living and to bond with our Greek sisters,” added Harris. “What better time to do so than Sisterhood Month?”
The public is invited to this free event. Read more here.

March 9, 2012

And the 2012 CAABJ Scholarship Winner Is...

Ms. Amber Quattlebaum!
The Johnson C. Smith University junior maintains a 3.8 GPA, and is on the President's List and the Dean's List. She is president of the Communication Arts Association, co-manager of the yearbook staff, and completed an internship at KISS 103.3 in Columbia, SC.
E-board members Trey Harmon, Emiene Wright, Davida Jackson and
Ken Lemon flank award winner Amber Quattlebaum, center.
Graduate School Coordinator and Career Counselor Melita Mitchell calls Amber "an extraordinary young woman" who displays the "highest degree of responsibility, integrity and ambition."
"Her ability to serve her community while maintaining the highest scholastic standards speaks to her tenacity," Mitchell says, even in the face of adversity.
Amber's father was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
While pulling close to her family, Amber still finds time to volunteer for Saturday Academy at JCSU, and at Bruns Elementary School.
We could think of no better recipient to represent the next generation of journalism. Congratulations, Amber!

March 6, 2012

For the PPL, By the PPL: DNC Kick-off Tonight!

By Jarvis Holliday / Full article at

Here’s your chance to meet The PPL. The PPL (pronounced “people”) is derived from the Democratic National Committee’s mantra of the September 2012 convention being “The People’s Convention.” The PPL’s Kickoff Party (independent of the DNC) is this Tuesday, March 6, at Packard Place (222 S. Church Street).

So what is The PPL? It’s an organization of logistics to secure co-working and event space in uptown Charlotte for independent and traditional media during the DNC; to host parties, press conferences, and roundtable discussions; and to showcase the creative class of Charlotte and the South. It’s a community of DNC-focused bloggers, journalists, artists, activists, and independent media producers.

And it’s run by independent journalists and social media gurus Justin Ruckman, Matthew Tyndall, and Desiree Kane, who each serve as co-directors. So, it’s for The PPL, by The PPL.

Tuesday’s event goes 6-8 p.m., is free, and you can RSVP on Facebook. There’ll be a DJ playing, complimentary beer and wine served, and the first 30 people in attendance will receive a complimentary, limited-edition launch T-shirt by Ink Floyd. If you’re unable to attend, you can watch a live stream of the event at, which is where you can also go to learn more about the project.

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February 27, 2012

Couldn't Survive W/o these Radio Webinars!

PRNDI is rolling out a new series of webinars in the coming weeks that, if you're interested in radio or just want to up your game, you'll definitely want to be a part of.

Investigative Reports for Radio
Thursday, March 1st from 2-3 pm EST.

Interested in getting more investigative reporting on your airwaves? Join Dan Grech, Radio News Director from WLRN-Miami Herald News and Susanne Reber, Deputy Managing Editor of NPR Investigations, as they discuss how to build local and national investigations.

This session will explore: What’s involved in starting your own investigative team? How can you benefit from an emerging network of non-profits doing in-depth work around the country? What does it take to manage an investigative partnership? And what kind of support will you need from your station leadership to complete an investigation? Join Dan and Susanne for a one-hour webinar to discuss how they got their teams off the ground and to take your questions on the joys and challenges of digging deep.

Register here:

If You Can’t Beat`em, Partner With 'Em
Thursday, March 15th from 2-3 pm EST

The recession has pried open the minds of more radio, television, print and web reporters who are now open to collaborations where content is exchanged and reporting muscle multiplied at a minimal cost, using digital technology. This webinar explores the kinds of low-cost collaborations which are possible, and
offers advice on how to recruit workmates for those journalistic projects desired by audiences and treasured by program directors.

Register here:


Q & A with Jill Geisler, head of the Poynter Institute's leadership and management programs

Thursday, April 5th from 2 -- 3 pm EST.

Part of the conversation will focus on how we can best groom the next generation of newsroom manager, but what would you want to ask Jill?  Please e-mail your questions ahead of time to George Bodarky, PRNDI Training Committee Chair, He'll try to get to as many of your questions as possible.  A link to register for the webinar will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Finally, if you have an idea for a webinar, please email

February 23, 2012

February 10, 2012

Live Music and Fundraiser with Gordon Chambers

Grammy-award winning songwriter/producer/artist & former journalist Gordon Chambers will be LIVE at the Sunset Club on Thursday, Feb. 16th at 8 p.m. Hosted by DJ Stacey Blackmann, we will share the spotlight with Samaritan's Feet charitable organization. Proceeds will go towards our scholarship fund.

Gordon's hits include Anita Baker's Grammy-winning hit "I Apologize," Brownstone's Grammy nominated hit "If You Love Me," Angie Stone's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)," the Grammy nominated theme of Set It Off "Missing You" and Yolanda Adams's "Someone Watching Over Me."

WHO: CAABJ Scholarship Fundraiser with Gordon Chamber
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Sunset Club, 1820 South Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203
COST: $15

Members are invited to a Meet and Greet at  the Samaritan's Feet office on Thursday, Feb. 16th from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. with Gordon Chambers and Manny Ohonme, Founder and CEO of Samaritan's Feet. If interested, email

February 9, 2012

Get Hands-on Experience in Valentine's Couples Class

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Forget about boring roses and overcrowded restaurants this Valentine's weekend.
CAABJ has partnered with Curatio Rehabilitation and Spa to offer a more creative alternative: an exclusive, members-only break on their Couple's Massage Class.
There is limited space for the one-hour, couples-only class. Let trained professionals teach you how to soothe and stimulate your partner, with techniques proven to bring you closer.
And unlike chocolates, massage is the gift that keeps on giving. Classes are $40 per couple. A portion of the profits will go to CAABJ.
Reserve your spot now by emailing us at The first session begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 18th at Curatio Rehabilitation and Spa, 7810 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy Ste. 317, Charlotte, NC.

January 25, 2012

CAABJ Super Bowl Party

The Patriots and the Giants are playing, but YOU can be the big winner.
The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists is hosting our Super Bowl Party at the newly renovated lounge of the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel.

This is your invitation to a great night. See the biggest game of the year in a stylish locale, with free pizza and snacks while supporting an outstanding cause. Some lucky guests will walk away with phenomenal gifts.

We're holding a raffle for fine jewelry worth hundreds of dollars, a date-night meal for you and someone special, and gift certificates to local shops as well as other door prizes.

The party helps to fund our 2012 college scholarship for currently enrolled future journalists. Tickets are $10 per person and members are encouraged to bring a friend. There's a Sure Shot Discount for news photographers who purchase a ticket by Jan. 29th, so shutterbugs pay only $7.

The party starts at 6pm on Feb. 5. at the Sheraton, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive, Charlotte, NC.  It is conveniently located just off Billy Graham Parkway, Exit 33 from I-85. Tickets can be purchased here. See you there!!

Social Media Secrets Revealed at CAABJ Session

Saturday's Social Media for Journalists training was electric and information-packed. CAABJ members presented their top tips to gaining influence, building a reputation and branding yourself online.
Instagram image by S. Kehinde Patterson.

Jarvis Holliday, who writes Grown People Talking and Charlotte Magazine's Dusk til Dawn nightlife blog, stressed the importance of consistency.

"Whether you update daily or only once a week, make sure you do it at the same time so your readers know when to find you," he shared.

Jameka Whitten, the brain behind JSW Media Group, talked about the importance of branding and authenticity for online audiences. Called2Connect's Davida Jackson walked us through the ins and outs of apps like Storify, Instagram and Pinterest to make our online storytelling more dynamic.

The event was capped off with a #CAABJ follow fest, as everyone shared their Twitter handles and followed each other. You can find the full list here, and if you'd like to be added, leave your handle in a comment below.

Hidden Valley Volunteer Events

CAABJ encourages you to be a visible part of the solution for a neighborhood needing help.
These events take place mid- to late February, so there's some lead time. Please get involved if you can; if you can't, help spread the word.

January 16, 2012

Meeting + Free Social Media Workshop Saturday

Come out to Kickstand this Saturday for our inaugural 2012 meeting. Get the scoop on our upcoming CIAA Mixer, Accessing the Media workshop, Scholarships, and preparations for the Democratic National Convention!

Plus, social media stars Jarvis Holliday (Grown People Talking, Charlotte Magazine), Jameka Whitten (JSW Media Group) and Davida Jackson (Called2Connect) will be presenting "The Social Guide for Journalists," tips and strategies to become a better journalist, blogger and overall writer in today's ever-changing world of social media.

We're looking forward to seeing you and thank you for supporting CAABJ.

WHERE: Kickstand Charlotte, 1101 Central Avenue  (between Hawthorne Lane and Louise Ave)

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, email us at

January 8, 2012

Ken Ward Memorial Service This Monday

Dear CAABJ Members,

Ken Ward's wife Letitia wanted to make sure I thanked you for your prayers and encouraging words following his untimely death.   There is news for those who are interested in helping further.   The family is working on establishing a memorial fund in Ken's name.  We will update you when those plans are finalized.
There will be a public viewing followed by a memorial for Ken in Charlotte on Monday Jan. 9th.  The viewing will be from 1pm 5pm at Grier Funeral Home, 115 John McCarroll Avenue.

The memorial starts at 6pm at The Kappa House at 5409 Beatties Ford Road.  
The executive board of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists is assisting to help provide refreshments.  I have been asked to speak during the memorial as CAABJ President and a former co-worker.

Ken's funeral service will be held Thursday at Mt Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill, NY.  The address is 11 Rev. G Franklin Wiggins Plaza, 10566.  The viewing there begins at 10am and the service starts at 11am.

Ken and Letitia have been supporters of CAABJ.  Ken has been an active journalist and an inspiration to aspiring broadcasters.  He was an noted anchor in the Charlotte market and a reporter prominantly featured every weekday morning on the local airwaves.  We continue to wish his family the best in this time of grief.

Ken Lemon
CAABJ President

January 5, 2012

A Message from our President

My heart is heavy after learning of the loss of a fixture on air in the state of North Carolina.  Ken Ward passed Tuesday night from apparent health complications.   
CAABJ President Ken Lemon
 He worked as an anchor for News14 Carolina, and most recently with me as a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte.  Above all things, Ken was a loving father, a caring husband, and a joy to anyone who met him.Wednesday was supposed to be a day of great anticipation for Ken and his wife.  They planned to leave the Queen City and move to Tampa Bay, where Ken would begin work with the ABC affiliate.   Their dream was hours from reality when Ken passed.  News of his unexpected death was shocking to his family and friends.
Ken and his wife selflessly gave their time and energy to the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists.  Their contributions will not be forgotten.  We extend our prayers to their family.  It is our desire that his loved ones are comforted in these trying times.
In this time of great loss, I am reminded of the words echoed by my pastor when I was a child:
"Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a few things.  I will make you ruler over many.  Enter into the joy of the Lord." (Matthew 25:21)

Ken Lemon
CAABJ President

January 4, 2012

Charlotte Reacts to Reporter Ken Ward's Death

QCityMetro's Michaela Duckett writes:
"Channel 9 Eyewitness News reporter Ken Ward has died. He was 44.
According to Bill Fish, an investigator with the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ward’s body was picked up from Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately known, he said."
full story here...
Condolences poured from coworkers and friends in the journalism community.
"He will be sorely missed," said Ken Lemon, CAABJ President.
"My heart is heavy," wrote Davida Jackson, CAABJ Treasurer.
"His death is a huge loss to the journalism industry. My heart goes out to his wife, and I am sending prayers up for his family," Dedrick Russell, CAABJ Past President, told QCityMetro.
Ken at CAABJ's annual Bowling with the Journalists scholarship
fundraiser in May. Photo by Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective.

The Twittersphere, too, was rocked by the news:
@BrigidaMack: "Still can't believe this."
@ShaeCrissonWTVD: "Thoughts are with the family of Ken Ward."
@ArmstrongWTVD: "Stunned. Prayers to his wife and family."
@SuzyStark: "So sad & shocked, heartborken for wife & son. Such a happy & kind person."
@TheyCallMeSash: "Praying for him and his family."

Arrangements have not yet been announced. Do you have a special memory with Ken? Please share it below, or on our Facebook page.