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.

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.

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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!!