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.

October 20, 2014

The 2014 CAABJ News Excellence Awards Competition is Here!

2013 CAABJ News Excellence Award Winners

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists News Excellence Awards honor outstanding media coverage of or by African Americans. Last year, our debut contest saw outstanding submissions from dozens of entrants. This year we are expecting even greater participation!

The deadline is Monday, Nov. 17th. To ensure fairness, entries are judged by a sister chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).  Winners will be announced at CAABJ’s annual year-end reception. Finalists will be complimentary guests at the reception 

All print, TV, radio and online news outlets (including blogs) are invited to submit in the following categories:

Hard news

Photography prizes will be awarded in two categories: features and breaking news.

Contest Rules: Entries must be submitted by Nov. 17, Click Here to Submit

Entries may be submitted by the journalist or by the employer.
     Only works published or broadcast between Oct. 31, 2013 and Nov. 17, 2014 are eligible.
     Each entry must contain either an active URL linking to the work or an attached file of the work
     There is no limit on the number of submissions to each category, but each submission must be made separately and accompanied by a contest entry fee of $25.
      Photo entries must be shown in their original context.
       Submissions become the property of CAABJ and will not be returned.
  Each entry can only be submitted in one category.

***Please include in the notes section of each submission your name, email and telephone number, the outlet that ran/aired the peice, your title there and a 2-3 sentence bio.***

Any questions, please email Emiene Wright, Awards Chair, at

October 17, 2014

CNN Withdraws Support of the National Association of Black Journalists

MINNEAPOLIS (October 17, 2014) - Today at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Board of Director's Meeting, President Bob Butler announced that long-time supporter CNN has withdrawn support of NABJ for the 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

NABJ issued a statement last week, "NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African Americans", in which NABJ expressed concern over the large number of African-American staff members leaving and being fired from the cable news network. Several African-Americans anchors have left the anchor desk or CNN altogether in the past few years. 

Following the release CNN contacted NABJ President Bob Butler and informed him the association's request for support was denied.

Since that time CNN announced a major layoff in which at least five senior managers were laid off. In the past year nearly a dozen African American managers have resigned, been laid off or were terminated."

"I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership."

October 4, 2014

9th Annual Secrets to Accessing the Media Workshop

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists cordially invites you to our 9th annual educational workshop, "Secrets to Accessing the Media.

This free workshop will give you a unique opportunity to speak with some of the men and women who work for Charlotte-area newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations. This is also a great networking opportunity, not only with the media, but other community leaders.

During this workshop, you will learn the best way to get the word out on your events. You will also get a chance to learn how newsrooms in our area work. This informative workshop will also arm you with information on who you should call first and how to pitch a great story.

9th Annual Secrets to Accessing the Media Workshop
Saturday November 15, 2014
11:00 am

The Charlotte Observer
600 S. Tryon St. 
Charlotte, NC 28202