BY Corinne LYons
Since her NABJ presidentialvictory last year, Kathy Timeshas addressed issues of members
facing job oss and nancia dif
cuties. She ecenty answeed
questions for the NABJ StudentMedia Projects about her presi-dency and her plans for the orga-
planned around ve years in ad
vance. Last year, NABJ was criti
-cized for not booking enough rooms.
What measures have you taken this year to stay within the contract?What safeguards do you hope NABJ would adopt to prevent it from hap
pening in the future?
We renegotiated ourhotel contract and virtually cut
the numbe of ooms we weeobigated to in haf. An ad
hoc committee is exploring our
convention mode and wi pes
-ent some options to the board
of diectos this wee. We’e
revisiting guidelines that require
us to contact with conventionhotes ve yeas in advance of ou convention. We wi continue
to offer quality programs that
attact ou membes, and we aeaeady taing with ie-minded
organizations about holdingconventions and regional events
There are a growing number of
associate members and a decline in full members. What part do associ-
ate members play in the health of theorganization? How does NABJ planto accommodate this shift?
When we downsized, wecoud not enew the contact of ou communications diecto. Hewas a geat contact empoyee.
Our associate members stepped
up and too ove duties such as
sending e-blasts to the member-
ship, witing news eeases, and
they’re responsible for deliveringa superb campaign to spread the
wod about the convention pans.
We’ve delivered great program-ming for our associate members,
and we have some exciting op
tions that wi hep deive thei
services to professionals outsideour membership to boost our rev-
enue. We’e constanty conside
ing ways to boost thei oes yea-
round and appreciate their many
contibutions. Thee is a pan inthe wos to add pubic eationscategoies to ou annua awads.
Watch for the announcement dur-
ing the Saute to Exceence Gaa.
Students can receive a six-monthextension on their membership.
Has the number of students takingthis extension increased with thechanges in the industry? How doesthis extension allow them to land a journalism job?
Students get to stay in touch
with a membeship that can nu
-ture them and point them in theright direction during a tough
Recently, NABJ submitted a let
-ter to CNN questioning their di-
versity. What led to the letter beingwritten and submitted? What doesNABJ hope will happen as a result?
Fo months we watched main
steam and cabe netwos ey positions on the des, but we
noticed African-American jour-nalists did not get a shot at prime
time. We’ve been woing dii
-gently to get our members in the
management ans since manag
es hie and e. The ast stawcame when the disgaced fo
me goveno of New Yo, EiotSpitze, was hied to host a showon CNN. We want ou quaied
members to have the best shot atlanding these coveted positions
that inuence miions of view
es. We’e ecuiting new aianc
es to hep us in this endeavo. It’stime fo viewes and eades to
reconsider their support of mediathat don’t fully embrace diversity
and tae the Afican-Ameicanmaet fo ganted.
Two years is a very short amount
of time to change an organiza-
tion. With roughly a year left in your term what would you like tochange?
I am ecuiting copoate ead
-ers and philanthropists to adviseus and ensure our organization
emains sovent. They wi hep
us raise funds, identify strate-
gic aiances and buid a new business mode. We wi maetou band, aise ou poe andepenish ou eseves. Stat
ing in the fa, we wi offe aseies of unique Media Insti
tute seminas that wi appea
to you and the communities
you seve. Topics incude im
-migration, the census and re-districting, and entrepreneurial
and investigative jounaism.We’ aso wo with a team toestuctue the oganization.
One of the items you mentionedthat you’d like to work on previ
ously was revamping the website.What are some of the changes you’dlike to see made? When will we seethose changes?
We’ve edesigned the website,and the boad wi eview thest phase this wee. We pan toadd the socia netwoing com
ponent next month as we as fea
tues that wi aow chaptes tointeact with each othe and con
nect membes acoss the county.Thee wi be a test phase as we
add content and other features
befoe we unvei the na pod
uct to the membeship.
NABJ is looking for an execu-
tive director. How does not havingone effect the day-to-day opera
tions of the organization? What
are the requirements NABJ is look-
ing for in a potential candidate?
The requirements are postedin our job announcement on our
website. We’e ooing fo some
one with expeience managing a
convention, managing an asso-
ciation and a ea visionay whocan attact new evenue soucesthat ae in ine with ou missionstatement. Ou inteim executivediecto, Dew Bey, stepped in
and didn’t miss a beat since he
was the immediate past nancecommittee chai. The tansitionwas petty seamess. He ene
gotiated ou ageement with the
University of Maryland that al-
owed us to deay a huge downpayment, and woed with a
team to ensure the success of aWest Coast convention during a
ecession. That’s no sma feat.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 •
NABJ President Kathy Times at NABJ board meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.
nABJ Pdt Katy Tm
Discusses membership, future of multimedia journalism
It’s time for viewers
and readers toreconsider theirsupport of media that
don’t fully embracediversity and take the
African-Americanmarket for granted.
Go to www.NABJConvention.orgto see another side of Kathy Times.