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 16, 2016

REMINDER: No December Chapter Meeting

Dear Members and Friends,

We will not have a general body meeting this month. Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Cantina 1511 (Park Road Shopping Center) at 11:00 am. 

We'll see you in 2017! 

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists Executive Board

November 7, 2016

Bowling with the Journalists - Fall 2016 Edition

 It's a lot of fun each year, and serves as a fundraiser for our CAABJ College Scholarship. Members of the media and the general public are invited to come out, mix and mingle, bowl, and have fun in supporting a great cause. 

Saturday, November 19th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Piedmont Social House 
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273

$25 per person
(Includes bowling and shoes)

More information on Piedmont Social House

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

October 14, 2016

October Chapter Meeting

Photo: Huffington Post

CAABJ General Body Meeting 

Saturday, October 15th 
11:00 am

Cantina 1511 (Park Road Shopping Center)
4271 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209 --- FREE Parking

"Emergency Debriefing from Keith Scott" - Part II

We will be continuing the conversation from 
Saturday, October 1st Called Meeting. We hope to see you there.

August 28, 2016

September Chapter Meeting/Workshop

"Getting the Full Story in 15 Minutes"
with Blanca Cobb

Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 am
Hygge Coworking

809 W Hill St, Charlotte, NC 28208

This workshop is free for PAID CAABJ Members
Guest/Non- Members: $5.00

**Workshop will take the place of our September Chapter meeting.**

Click HERE to RSVP

Blanca Cobb, founder and CEO of TruthBlazer, LLC and senior instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C., is an internationally recognized body language and nonverbal communications expert who uses her behavior analysis expertise and psychology background to help others break down the complexities of interpersonal, multi-generational and multi-ethnic communication.
For more information on the workshop, Click here:

August 10, 2016

It's time for our CAABJ Summer16' Madness Cookout!

Come join us...

Saturday, August 13, 2015

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Berewick Manor House

6625 Berewick Commons Parkway

Charlotte, North Carolina 28278

Join CAABJ as we fellowship, eat delicious food, play card games and win door prize at our private manor house.

CAABJ Paid Members

Non- Members / Guest

Click here to RSVP 

See you there!

July 13, 2016

Annual "Bowling with the Journalists" - Summer ’16 Edition

Piedmont Social House

"Bowling with the Journalists"
(Summer ’16 Edition)

Sunday, July 24th , 2016
 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Piedmont Social House - 2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

It's a lot of fun each year, and serves as a fundraiser for our CAABJ College Scholarship. Members of the media and the general public are invited to come out, mix and mingle, bowl, and have fun in supporting a great cause. 

 $25  per person

(Includes bowling and shoes)

Click here to buy tickets
Would you like to join Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists? Click here 

Please fill out our "CAABJ Online Profile Sheet and Membership Application" --  Click Here

June 20, 2016

EVENT: crISIS of Conscience: Learning From Orlando


This program aims to open a candid dialogue about questions raised by the one of the worst acts of gun violence in the history of the nation, more than 100 people shot, 49 of them killed at an Orlando night club. We will provide experts to help everyone think about personal security in public places and information to empower the public to aid the survivors.

                                               Wednesday June 22, 2016
       Label Charlotte
      900 Music Factory Boulevard
            7:30 pm

The shooting at Pulse Nightclub sent ripple effects across the country. The starch images from inside the club and accounts from witnesses paint a picture of a man armed with a weapon designed for mass destruction determined inflect pain on innocent party goers. We now know this act was a betrayal by a man fighting personal conflicts. For the first time we saw LGBT people targeted and race directly injected in a deadly act of terror. The senseless deaths, the shootout law enforcement, and and the early claims of terrorism has shed light on new questions and reignited familiar debates.

Our panel discussion is designed to explore those aspects that make us now ask how safe are we. You will hear from people with personal connections to the crime scene that is still revealing new information about the shooting. We will have insight from prominent members of the LBGT, Hispanic, and Muslim communities. You will hear from local journalists who worked on the ground in Orlando and experts in law enforcement who will share simple steps to better protect yourself from threats in public places. We believe this is a discussion that everyone can use for personal growth.

May 15, 2016

May General Body Meeting

General Body Meeting
Saturday, May 21st
 11:00 am

(Park Road Shopping Center)
4271 Park Rd
 Charlotte, NC 28209
FREE Parking

Got LinkedIn?
"Do you know how to use it properly
search for a J.O.B.?"

Guest Speaker:
Mitch Miles

Mitch is a digital marketing strategist who works with individuals as well as organizations to leverage LinkedIn for generating more sales, and recruiting top talent. Mitch is founder of the National Pink Tie Day and the non-profit A Tie That BindsA Tie That Binds provides educational resources, support, and early detection initiatives to men who have someone in their life touched by breast cancer. Each year October 20 is set aside as National Pink Tie Day; men are asked to wear a pink tie to honor the women in their life who are currently battling or have lost their battle with breast cancer.

May 4, 2016

Celebrating Steve Crump at the Gray's Happy Hour

Steve Crump
WBTV News Reporter and NABJ 2016 Journalist of the Year

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists has been invited to attend our Community Friends, Herb and Felicia Gray’s

“Happy Hour”
Wednesday, May 11th
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ruth Chris - South Park
6000 Fairview Road
Charlotte, North Carolina

During this occasion, we will be celebrating the career of
WBTV News Reporter and NABJ "Journalist of the Year"

 Steve Crump

We understand this is short notice and we are in the midst of sweeps.
(broadcast ratings)

However, we would love for you
to eat, drink and be merry with us. We hope to see all of you.

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
Executive Board

April 28, 2016

CAABJ member named NABJ Journalist of the Year in a small or medium-sized market

Steve Crump
WBTV News 3

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2016) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected veteran journalist Steve Crump as the recipient of its first Journalist of the Year Award recognizing a journalist in a small or medium-sized market.

The award, which has been named the Journalist of Distinction Award, seeks to recognize broadcasters reporting outside the top 16 television markets and/or print or digital journalists from outlets with a circulation of less than 150,000. The journalist will have distinguished his or herself with reporting which provided some breadth and depth in coverage of a topic or topics of significance to people in the African Diaspora.
"Steve Crump is a talented journalist who excels at both general assignment and enterprise reporting. He is committed to storytelling that is not only credible, but also creative and compelling," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "His reporting is crisp, clear, and concise, but his approach keeps the focus on the story and expertly engages the audience."
In 2015, he traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to lead his station's coverage of the tragic Mother Emanuel Church shooting. He went to Selma, Alabama for the 50thAnniversary of Bloody Sunday and interviewed civil rights trailblazer Andrew Young. Crump also sat down with Bree Newsome, the Charlotte woman who removed the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of South Carolina's Capitol.

Crump, a longtime reporter at WBTV, Raycom Media's CBS affiliated station in Charlotte, has reported and anchored in Lexington, Kentucky, Orlando, Florida; Savannah, Georgia, and Detroit. He has also worked as a freelance reporter for BET News.
Alexis Mitchell, a WBTV colleague and president of the Charlotte Association of Black Journalists, also praises his work as a documentary filmmaker, a passion Crump pursues away from his day job.
"At least 40 hours a week, he is a full time reporter with WBTV, and in his spare time he has produced more than 25 documentaries for the local PBS affiliate. In most instances they've been done using vacation days and paying for them out of his own pocket," Mitchell noted.
Creative Loafing Charlotte's staff selected him as its Best TV News Reporter noting that Crump is "that rare breed of TV journalist: one who takes his job, and his responsibility to the news profession, seriously."

Respected locally and nationally, Crump has been given a bevy of other journalistic honors including a number of regional Emmy Awards, several National Headliner Awards, and a number of National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards.
Crump will be honored during the organization's Convention and Career Fair in Washington, DC, Aug. 3-7.
NABJ congratulates Steve Crump on this worthy recognition of his work.

April 15, 2016

April General Body Meeting

General Body Meeting
Saturday, April 16th
 11:00 am

(Park Road Shopping Center)
4271 Park Rd
 Charlotte, NC 28209

FREE Parking

"Mistake or Common Sense"

Guest Speaker:

 Rodney Moore

N.C. House of Representative

March 14, 2016

March 2016 General Body

General Body Meeting
Saturday, March 19, 2016 
 11:00 am

(Park Road Shopping Center)
4271 Park Rd
 Charlotte, NC 28209

FREE Parking


"I'm White and I went to CIAA"

Derek Bastien, ContributorEat, Work, Play CLT 
Bob Morgan, CEO, Charlotte Chambers
If you have not read Derek's articles, check them out:

"I’m white, and I’m going to CIAA"

"I’m White and I went to CIAA: Now I know why white people flee Uptown"

A dialogue you don't want to miss.  

February 17, 2016

General Body Meeting

Saturday, February 20, 2016   
 11:00 am

Cantina 1511 Restaurant 

4271 Park Rd

Charlotte, NC
(Park Road Shopping Center)

FREE Parking

"SAG-AFTRA vs Broadcast"

Guest Speaker
Bob Butler,
NABJ Immediate Past President
National Board Member
Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

February 9, 2016

2016 NABJ REGION III Conference

NABJ Region III Members and Friends!! 
Registration is Open!

2016 NABJ REGION III Conference
Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward
April 8-10, 2016 ~ Memphis, TN

This year's conference theme "Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward" reflects the impact race has had on recent coverage from police shootings to the upcoming elections. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, public relations professionals and entrepreneurs in workshops that will include the return of our interactive producers/reporters boot camp and student interview critiques. And for the first time we include a 2-day IRE Watchdog Workshop. (Space for this event is limited so register soon).

Registration :
NABJ members: $35 Earlybird
$40 Pre-registration -- $50 Onsite
NABJ Students: $25 Registration -- $35 Onsite.

*IRE Workshop registration is separate. $25 w/ Conference,
$55 w/o conference.

Click HERE to see the 2016 Conference agenda at-a-glance.
For more information, contact NABJ Region III Director Gayle Hurd at

February 3, 2016

2016 Tournament Media Mixer

It's that time of the year and we know CIAA Week can get a little crazy: News, games, events, traffic, and parties that give you sticker shock at the door. Why not ease into it with CAABJ's mature, upscale Media Mixer?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Aloft Uptown Charlotte at the EpiCentre
210 E. Trade Street
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Non- CAABJ Members: $5.00

CAABJ Scholarship Donations are always welcome.
Come out and mix and mingle with local journalists and media professionals.
You never know who you may see.

RSVP / Order Tickets >>

Steve Crump's New Documentary

Join the Gantt Center for the exclusive preview of Quiet Valor and Silent Strength. Produced by local documentarian, WBTV News Reporter and NABJ Member Steve Crump. This new documentary highlights the contributions of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their various roles during the Civil War. Crump will lead a panel discussion after the film.
The USCT participated in the final battle at Appomattox where more than 5,000 troops were present for Robert E. Lee’s surrender – their losses included 300 men who died in Fort Olustee, Florida.
The documentary also follows a group of African-American reenactors to Fort Wagner, SC, which provided the story line for the 1989 American war film “Glory” and showcases a recent grand review of troops along Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation’s capital.
Quiet Valor and Silent Strength will air locally on WBTV's Bounce TV, Monday, February 15 at 7:30 pm and on WTVI PBS Charlotte, Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 pm and at 11:30 pm. The film will rebroadcast on WTVI on Saturday, February 20 at 5:00 pm.

January 4, 2016

PHOTOS: CAABJ 2015 "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" Holiday Soiree

If you missed CAABJ "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" Holiday Soiree, then you missed a great party. 
Special Thanks to our chapter photographer, Jon Strayhorn with Media Arts Collective for capturing every moment. 

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year CAABJ!

"Wishing you a great, prosperous, blissful, healthy, bright, delightful, energetic and extremely Happy New Year 2016."
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
 Executive Board

New Year Newsletter: