*Among the sought after workshops at the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Job Fair in Boston was “The Black Press: Impact of an Increased Digital Presence.”
The panelists were Lee Bailey, Founder, EURweb.com, Johann Calhoun, News Editor, The Philadelphia Tribune, Wendy L. Wilson, Managing Editor, Ebony Magazine and Lyne Pitts, Managing Editor, The Root. Tené Croom, President of Tené Croom Communications and Co-Chair of the NABJ Black Press Task Force, served as moderator of the panel.
They discussed a myriad of things, including the state of the black press as it increases its speed on the Information Superhighway and creates jobs at a time when mainstream newspapers are cutting them.
“There is opportunity for African-Americans in the digital media space. It was an important conversation to understand our diverse approaches to news, entertainment and cultural issues and for the audience to learn how to pitch and interact with our sites,” said Pitts.
Attendees got a complete look at what exists nationally in print, radio and broadcast and were offered insights from those who remain devoted to providing stellar coverage of Black communities when mainstream outlets can’t – or won’t.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.
Story & photos by Tené Croom
Co-Chair-Black Press Task Force/NABJ