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NABJ's The Monitor

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July 31, 2010 edition of The NABJ Monitor
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Staffing at the San Diego Union-Tri-bune has been severely reduced recentlythrough layoffs and buyouts, which somesay has crippled newsroom diversity.The Union-Tribune has lost half of itsnewsroom over the past few years, stafferssaid. The paper laid off 35 staffers in June,the most recent of seven rounds of laoffs.Union-Tribune staffers say the lost jobshave hurt newsroom diversity efforts.“I think there is a ways to go in termsof making it a more diverse newsroom,”said Dana Littlefield, a staff writer with thepaper and who serves as vice president of NABJ’s San Diego chapter. “Several peoplewho were laid off were minorit ournal-ists. I don’t think there is any newspaperthat can afford those kinds of losses.”The paper came under fire earlier thissummer when nationally syndicated His-panic columnist Ruben Navarrette waslaid off.In response to backlash following Na-varrette’s laoff, Union-Tribune Editor Jeff Light met with the National Hispanic Me-dia Coalition on Wednesday to discuss thecreation of a “Latino advisory committee.”Light acknowledged that the Union-Tri- bune struggles with keeping diversity inthe newsroom, but said numbers are noworse now than they were prior to the lay-offs. Light did not provide numbers.“I don’t think we have a terrifically di-
National Association of Black Journalists Convention
º www.nabjconvention.org º Wednesday, July 28, 2010
National Association of Black Journalists Convention
Saturday, July 31, 2010
NABJ descends on Philadelphia The city of brotherly lovewill host the 2011 NABJConvention and Career Fair.
Page 9
Red Hats celebrate theirsisterhood this week during internationalconvention.
Page 10
Join the celebrationand share yourmemories onYouTube with thetag “nabj35”.
CaliforniansDivided OverMarijuana
Diversity at Union-Tribune in Question
 , continued on page 9
As California’s state budget goes upin smoke, voters on both sides are spliton whether to make it legal to smokeup (or roll up) marijuana to help bringrevenue to the state.Prop 19, also known as the Regu-late, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, will appear on California’s No-vember ballot and would allow citiesand counties to adopt ordinances thatwould authorize cultivating, transport-ing and selling marijuana.The idea is to tax the revenues tohelp bring more money to the cash-strapped state, which has around a $20 billion deficit for the 2010 fiscal year,according to reports. Supporters of themeasure said it could bring in at least$1 billion a year if passed.But many Californians remain di-vided on the bill. Some fear it will putmore drugs on the street while otherssee it as a way to stymie crime, devel-op a taxable industry and create jobs.“This is a multimillion dollar marketwhere we don’t know where the mon-ey goes,” said Priscilla Pyrk, 25, andthe owner of the Herbrary, a San Di-ego dispensary. “By taxing it and regu-lating it, the money could be used forteachers and after-school programs.“The current war on drugs has
Cash-strapped statecould benefit
Recent layoffs hit a numerous blacks
 , continued on page 5
KENNETH HAWKINS/nabjconvention.org
 Journalists urged theirpeers Thursday to em- brace new technology andarm themselves with newskills to produce storiesthat reach various digitalplatforms such as iPadsand smart phones.Media experts who spe-cialize in what was de-scribed as “new era” journalism talked to jour-nalists about how newsorganizations are work-ing to create products thatcater to consumers whoown devices such as smartphones, iPads, Kindlesand other products.“It’s no longer the daywhen print is just print,radio is radio, and broad-cast is broadcast,” saidYasmin Namini, seniorvice president of The NewYork Times.Namini, who sat on apanel with two other me-dia insiders, said as audi-ences move from tradi-tional to digital media toobtain information, jour-nalists must create for amultiplatform experience.The panelists said thedevices make it more con-venient for readers andviewers to retrieve news.They added that mediacompanies have devel-oped products for devicessuch as Apple’s new iPadand Amazon’s Kindle asaudiences have movedaway from traditionalproducts such as newspa-pers, magazines and tele-vision.Application demonstra-tions were shown for NBCNews, The New York Times and Condé Nast,who have already jumpedon the movement.Vicki Burns, vice pres-ident at NBC News saidviewers no longer look tolocal evening news for in-formation because theyhave found more engage-ment in digital platforms.She also said more colleg-es were teaching studentsabout news on digitalplatforms.“Viewers want to be atthe center of the news ex-perience. People want to be connected with theircommunity,” Burns said.Also discussed was thatpublications will sooncharge for their applica-tions. This will bring inmore money for news or-ganizations. Journalists who attend-ed said they plan to learnabout the technology sothey don’t get thrown off the new trend in the in-dustry.Autumn Black, a jour-nalist from New York whoattended the event, saidshe learned journalists
still have a lot to figure
out when it comes to newmedia.“It’s about pulling to-gether our resources, be-ing creative and grabbingat this new frontier,” Black said.Sharif Durhams, a re-porter from Milwaukeewho also attended, said journalists must be willingto give audiences whatthey want, how they wantit.“As journalists, it’s our job to learn how peoplewant their news and de-liver it that way,” Dur-hams said.
Sophia Adem
Howard University
Stacie Bailey
North Carolina A&T State University
Briana Barner
Bennett College
 Taylar Barrington
Florida A&M University
Courtney Bessicks
Morgan State University
Cyntra Brown
Elon University
Eric Burse
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Breana Copeland
Moore College of Art and Design
Letrell Crittenden
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Bliss Davis
Bowling Green State University
Brittney Fennell
Hampton University
Tameka Flowers
La Salle University
Chelsea Fuller
West Virginia University
Adele Hampton
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Monique Johnson
The University of Western Ontario
  John Ketchum
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 Marshall Latimore
Tennessee State University
Wesley Lowery
Ohio University
LaPorsha Lowry
North Carolina A&T State University
Corinne Lyons
Wayne State University
 Bryant Maddrick
Temple University 
Leontyne Mason
Florida A & M University
Dexter Mullins
North Carolina A&T State University
Brittany Noble
Arkansas State University
 Brandon Radcliffe
West Virginia University
Natelegé Whaley
Howard University
 Dallas Wright
Northwestern University
Saturday, July 31 2010 •
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
5K/ Walk Run
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
NABJ Gospel Brunch
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Registration and Welcome Center 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cyber Cafe LoungeHealthy NABJ PavillionCareer Fair and Exhibition
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Session V
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Task Force Meetings
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visual Task Force Photo Auction
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NABJ Up Front
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Salute to Excellence Gala
10:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Philadelphia 2011 Kick-Of
New Era Brings New Media
“The color of online: where do we fit in?”
The workshop focused on helping jour-nalists of color understand that they toohave a place in the emerging arena of online journalism. Melonyce McAfee, of Slate.com and David Wilson of The Grio.com, were among the panelists. They of-fered the following:
•Create your own projects and do not
wait for the mainstream to extend aninvitation.
•Never give up on the idea that you can
create change in the newsroom, and bethe change you want to see. 
-Compiled by Dexter Mullins, nabjconvention.org
Nicole Yivas of Norfolk, Va., attends the Visual Task Force’s multimedia session Thursday at the 2010 NABJ Convention in San Diego.
Republican NationalCommittee ChairmanMichael Steele backedout of his scheduledappearance at NABJ’s35th annual conventionin San Diego becauseof food poisoning.“It’s unfortunate,”said Drew Berry,NABJ’s interim exec-utive director. Berryadded that Steele didnot inform organizersuntil about 11 a.m. Fri-day.
Steele, the first black 
chairman of the Repub-lican Party, had agreedto have a conversationwith NABJ SecretaryRoland Martin in a ses-sion titled “Life, Liber-ty and Legacy.”
Michael Steele cancels his appearance
BREANA COPELAND/nabjconvention.org
Hampered by the economy,NABJ and the three other minor-ity journalists groups are consid-ering joining forces more regular-ly in order to survive.Members of UNITY: Jour-nalists of Color — which is apartnership between the Na-tional Association of Black Jour-nalists, the National Associationof Hispanic Journalists, the Na-tive American Journalists Asso-ciation, and the Asian AmericanJournalists Association — aremulling a plan to increase itsnumber of “joint conventions.”Since its inception, UNITY hasheld conventions in Atlanta, Se-attle, Washington, D.C., and Chi-cago. All four organizations haveseen year-end balances in the redover the past four years; somehope increasing the number of joint conferences will aid the or-ganizations financially. Under thisnew structure, the alliance wouldcontinue to meet every four yearsfor the UNITY convention, but theproposed joint conferences wouldoccur every other year.UNITY President Barbara Ci-ara, said UNITY alliance partnershave had “informal discussions”about the possibility of havingtwo organizations hold joint con-ventions in the same city.“To protect the cultural iden-tity of each organization, itwould be the equivalent of hav-ing two separate conventions inthe same city sharing some ex-penses and one exhibit hall,” Ci-ara said. This would also allowthe organizations to negotiate joint hotel agreements and avoidincurring fees for not filling pre-determined hotel blocks. UNITYconventions tend to make moremoney for the organizations thanindividual conventions.NABJ Treasurer Greg Lee saidTuesday that revenue from on-siteregistration goes directly to UNI-TY. Since most of NABJ’s membershave a tendency to register late oron-site, NABJ loses revenue fromnot being able to collect those reg-istration fees. Lee also highlightedother organizations’ willingness towork with NABJ, since they havethe largest amount of membersand the greatest potential for fill-ing room block commitments. Joining forces to host a conven-tion was first proposed in 2008.UNITY founders Will Sutton and Juan Gonzalez wrote an openletter asking the organizationsto increase the number of jointmeetings. Sutton and Gonzalezsuggested holding joint confer-ences every two years. The ideawas rejected.“The resistance to that ideais natural, as natural as the re-sistance to UNITY in the firstplace,” said Rafael Omeda, for-mer president of UNITY andNAHJ. “We all have our indi-vidual associations, they all havevery proud legacies.”Financial hardships have re-opened discussions of increas-ing the frequency of UNITY con-ventions; however, that could bea high hurdle to clear. Some or-ganizations have already signedcontracts for future conventions,making it difficult to coordinatehotel registration.All four organizations haveplans to attend the 2012 UNITYconvention in Las Vegas.Some NABJ members believeincreasing the number of jointconventions is necessary to keepthe organization financially via- ble in the future.“I don’t want NABJ to lose itsidentity, but we’re at a point -- re-alistically and financially -- thatwe need our conventions to besuccessful,” said Sherlon Chris-tie, a sports reporter at the AsburyPark Press and an NABJ member.Region II director Charles Rob-inson said he isn’t necessarilyready to jump into a new UNI-TY alliance right away. Robinsonwants NABJ to examine moreclosely the model of how thefunds are divided up.“Now every two years UNI-TY members want to have aUNITY event,” Robinson said.“I’m not exactly thrilled withthat. The bottom line is, how dowe make it work and what isthe roll of UNITY?”
Saturday, July 31, 2010 •
More frequent joint conferences could positively aect the suering nances of the fourmember organizations of UNITY: Journalists of Color.
More UNITY May Fill Budget Holes
Funds directly toUNITYFunds evenly splitamong four partnerorganizationsFunds split basedon registration
Where’s the Money Go?
UNITY currently uses thefollowing formula to splitthe money generated fromthe joint convention:
Source: Regional Director Charles Robinson
Board Won’t Reveal Info on New Leader
The National Associationof Black Journalists is sched-uled to name its next executivedirector Aug. 13, passing thetorch to the person who will becharged with guiding the orga-nization from financial despairto prosperity.The board of directors re-ported Tuesday that it extend-ed an offer to its top candidatelast week while in Washing-ton, D.C.The board says it will not re-lease information about the can-didate or the offer until the of-ficial announcement of who thenew executive director will be.If the candidate accepts, heor she will bring an end toNABJ’s search to fill the posi-tion that Karen Wynn-Freemanresigned from in March. 
ApplicationsdueCompletedSearchextendedCompletedSelectionof topcandidatesCompletedAnnouncementof executivedirectorPendingPreferred begindate of new executivedirectorPending
Source: NABJ Ocial documents
Under Negotiation: Executive Director
With a deadline extension, the search for a directoris currently ongoing. This chart shows NABJ’s processof nding the new executive director.
More Dues?
After closing 2009 witha deficit of $338,901,NABJ officials aredoing a lot of belt-tightening as the organiza-tion moves forward. Some of-ficials have discussed raising
 membership fees and beefingup the board with business-savvy individuals who arewell-connected and bring in bigger donations.Read about what officialsplan to do to address budgetissues at nabjconvention.org.

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