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.
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December 23, 2015

Join or Renew Your CAABJ Membership






Greetings Members and Friends,

Have you joined or renewed your Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalist membership dues?  The ea
rly bird discount has begun.
Dues are $35 for the full year. March 1, 2016, the membership price will return to the standard rate of $50.

The CAABJ membership "term" runs from January 1 through December 31 for each year. Take advantage of the savings and receive a full year of benefits by joining today.

You can renew / join by using our PayPal link below.  Be sure to include your name in the comment section for tracking purposes.  Please contact the CAABJ Treasurer, 
Kevin R. Hyrams, if you have any questions.  

We are planning to have a FANTASTIC year and we hope that you will join us! Remember, "Membership has it's PRIVILEGES!"  





November 17, 2015

November General Body Meeting




Saturday, November 21, 2015  
 11:00 am
(Park Road Shopping Center)
4271 Park Rd
 Charlotte, NC 28209


FREE Parking 

November 9, 2015

Brittney Johnson named WSOC weekend morning news anchor/reporter

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson has been named weekend morning news anchor/reporter, WSOC-TV news director Julie Szulczewski announced.

Johnson joined the Channel 9 News team as a reporter in March 2015.
“Brittney is a valuable reporter who provides details and perspective to the big stories each day,” Szulczewski said. “Because of her commitment, we are proud to offer her the next step in her career right here at Channel 9.”

Johnson, a graduate of West Charlotte High School, worked as an anchor/reporter at KARK 4/FOX 16 News in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Monroe, Louisiana, before returning to her home state.

Johnson graduated from Howard University and furthered her studies at the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a master's degree in journalism. During her time at Berkeley, she also worked for The Washington Post and traveled overseas to report on health issues in rural India.

Throughout her career, Brittney's reporting has garnered an Emmy nomination and recognition from community groups and The Associated Press.


 (Courtesy: WSOC-TV)

November 3, 2015

2015 CAABJ News Excellence Awards


The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists News Excellence Awards honor outstanding media coverage of or by African Americans. In the past, we've seen outstanding submissions from dozens of entrants. This year we are expecting even greater participation!


The deadline is Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 
Winners will be announced at the December Holiday Soiree. 
All print, TV, radio and online news outlets (including blogs) are invited to submit in the following categories:

Hard news
Feature
Sports
Commentary/Editorial
Photography prizes will be awarded in two categories: features and breaking news.



Contest Rules:

  • Entries must be submitted by Nov. 30, 2015
  • Entries may be submitted by the journalist or by the employer.
  • Only works published or broadcast between Oct. 31, 2014 and Nov. 1, 2015 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.



*** With each submission include your name, email and telephone number, the outlet that ran/aired the piece, your title and a 2-3 sentence bio.***


 



September 29, 2015

It's BACK!!! Bowling with the Journalists (Fall Edition)




Friday, October 16, 2015
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AMF University Lanes - 5900 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC

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 of a great cause. 

 $15 for Paid CAABJ Members
  $20 for Non-Members / Guest 

(Includes bowling and shoes)

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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


September 22, 2015

Bailey Goes Syndicated


CAABJ Family,
If you haven't heard by now, our CAABJ Member Charity Bailey has joined the nationally 
syndicated show "Right This Minute" - The Viral Video Show in Phoenix, AZ. 
You can watch her every morning starting at 1:00 am on WSOC (Channel 9 - ABC). Plus, "Right This Minute" has an app. It's available on iPhone and Android. Please "LIKE" the following pages:

Right This Minute Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/RightThisMinute

Don't forget to check out Charity's first day on the job. Hilarious!
Click here to laugh your face off.

Charity, we are so proud of you but even more prouder to call you OUR own. Your CAABJ family loves you and know you're just a TV dial away. ((Giggles))

September 4, 2015

Home, Sweet Home! CAABJ New Meeting Location



Members and Friends,

There's an old saying, "When one door closes, another one opens." Well, Cantina 1511 (Park Road Location) has opened their restaurant doors just for us, every third Saturday of each month. We have signed a contract with the restaurant to have our monthly general body meetings . 
CAABJ Executive Board and I are thrilled to call "Cantina 1511" our new home.
 We are looking forward to working with management and their staff.

We hope to see all of you Saturday, September 19th at 11:00am . We will have our
 General Body Meeting at "Cantina 1511" 
4271- B Park Road
(Park Road Shopping Center)
Parking is FREE.

For more information about Cantina 1511, click here.
See you September 19th.

Alexis Mitchell 
CAABJ President

August 11, 2015

UPDATE: LOCATION CHANGE -- CLOSED Business Body Meeting



General Body Meeting 
Saturday, August 15, 2015
11:00 am

Hickory Tavern
1100 Metropolitan Ave (Midtown)
Charlotte, NC 28204

 
Tomorrow's meeting will be a Closed Business Meeting
for MEMBERS ONLY

ALL CAABJ MEMBERS NEED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE. 

Parking is FREE.
See you there!
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
Executive Board

July 27, 2015

Thomasboro Academy "School Supplies Drive"


New Growth Hair Magazine and CAABJ 
Thomasboro Academy 

"School Supplies Drive"


The School Supplies Drive started July 20th. The collection will end August 21st. Supplies will be delivered to the students on Monday, August 24, 2015


Why Thomasboro Academy?


Thomasboro Academy, a Charlotte Mecklenburg School with one of the highest documented number of homeless families.  Thomasboro Academy serves students grades K-8 who are facing serious financial challenges. 


Top Five Need Items

Backpacks (grades K-8) 

One Subject Notebook (wide-ruled) & Composition Notebooks

Pencils

Glue Stick

Socks 


HELP NEEDED!

We are seeking additional barbers to volunteer to cut the students hair. If you know of any professional barbers, we would love to have them to be a part of this community event. 
Contact person, Tina (704) 363-5420


Snap, Post and  Tweet 

As you are collecting supplies, we are asking everyone to snap, post and tweet a photo. Let's get everyone involved in the community effort. Use #CAABJ on all social media platforms.






July 26, 2015

CAABJ 2015 Summer Madness Cookout


Come join us...



Saturday, August 1, 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.


FREE
 CAABJ & TABJ Paid Members

 

$5.00 
Non- Members / Guest



Here's a little something to get you in the summer madness mood. 

The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Summertime".


See you there!


July 13, 2015

Annual "Bowling with the Journalists"




CAABJ presents

Annual "Bowling with the Journalists"

Friday, July 17, 2015
 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
AMF University Lanes - 5900 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC

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 of a great cause. 

Free Admission- Paid CAABJ members
  $20 for Non-Members  / Guest 

(Includes bowling and shoes)
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Would you like to join Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists? Click here 
Please fill out our "CAABJ Online Profile Sheet and Application" for membership --  Click Here




July 9, 2015

Note from CAABJ Executive Board

Courtesy: ABC News


ATTENTION!

CAABJ Members and Community Friends,

We are watching history uncover in the state of South Carolina.

If you're heading to Columbia to cover the removal of the Confederate Flag, please take pictures and post them on our Facebook wall or tag us on Twitter. Don't forget to use our CAABJ and NABJ hashtags - #CAABJ #NABJ

We want to see you in action - let's document our coverage of this historical event! 
CAABJ Executive Board

June 15, 2015

CAABJ June 2015 Newsletter



CAABJ Family,

The June Newsletter has been released. 
Click on the newsletter above to learn about the latest events and reminders. 
 Please inform yourself accordingly. 

Click HERE if you would like to subscribe to our chapter newsletter. 

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists Executive Board

June 5, 2015

PHOTOS: Battle of the Broadcasters




Battle of the Broadcasters was a HUGE success. We had a ball! Special thanks to the Founders of "With These Handz DJ Academy" - Claude Whitfield Jr. and Kevin R. Hyrams (CAABJ Treasurer) Words can't express our thanks to you and your staff. We're ready for next year. #LetsGO  


Special thanks to Jon Strayhorn and Media Arts Collectives for capturing this special event. 

May 8, 2015

We've MOVED! Join us at Freshwaters



We've Moved! CAABJ has a new home for our chapter meetings.

Freshwaters Fine Southern & New Orleans Cuisine
516 N. Graham St.
Charlotte, North Carolina

Join us...
Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 AM

Every third Saturday of each month, Freshwater has open their restaurant doors just for us. The CAABJ Executive Board is thrilled to call  "Freshwater" our new home. We are looking forward to working with management and their staff.

**Free Parking** 

April 14, 2015

UPDATE: NABJ Town Hall Meeting CANCELED



 NABJ "Town Hall" Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th at The Park Expo has been CANCELED!

We look forward to seeing everyone bright and early on Thursday, April 16th at
Central Piedmont Community College (Harris Conference Center) for the
Media Institute on Education Conference.

If you have not registered, you still have time. 
Register >>> http://bitly.com/NABJEducation

ATTN PAID CAABJ MEMBERS:
Comp Registrations are available. Please email us: info@caabj.org


About NABJ Media Institute on Education:

This one-day conference will cover important topics in educational policy, including advancing educational equity and ensuring educational opportunities for poor and minority students, accessing higher education, closing gaps in educational quality, and how supporting communities directly impacts the quality of education our children receive.

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of the Deputy Secretary John King and United Negro College Fund Pres/CEO Dr. Michael Lomax are just a few who will be in attendance at the Media Institute on Education.

April 12, 2015

Meet and Greet with Charlotte's Mayor





CAABJ Family, we're thrilled to have Mayor Dan Clodfelter joining us Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am (Icehouse Bar and Grill) during our General Body Meeting for a personal "Meet and Greet".
You don't want to miss out.
We hope all of you will be able to attend.

General Body Meeting
11:00 am


Icehouse SouthEnd Bar and Grill
2100 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203

April 9, 2015

Battle of the Broadcasters Registration Ends FRDIAY at MIDNIGHT


With These Handz DJ Academy™ 
Presented by Sprite®, are pleased to partner with Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists for the 2015 Battle of the Broadcasters™ - Queen City Style & With These Handz DJ Academy™ Student Showcase on May 23.  Come and showcase your scratching skills to the "Queen City".

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Northlake Mall 
6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28216


The competition registration period has been extended to 
Friday, April 24th at MIDNIGHT.

We are very excited that the interest level is high and we anticipate a phenomenal event!




We'll see you at the turntables!

March 25, 2015

2015 NABJ Media Institute on Education



NABJ is pleased to announce the inaugural Media Institute on Education on April 16, 2015 at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.

This one-day conference will cover important topics in educational policy, including advancing educational equity and ensuring educational opportunities for poor and minority students, accessing higher education, closing gaps in educational quality, and how supporting communities directly impacts the quality of education our children receive.

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon and Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of the Deputy Secretary John King will join us for a keynote luncheon.

The NABJ Media Institutes offer quality web seminars and hands-on professional development, entrepreneurial guidance, and technical training at events around the country. The Media Institutes seek to educate and inspire member journalists on topics that directly affect the communities that they serve. These educational sessions are developed to connect journalists with frontline stakeholders, researchers, policy makers, and other journalists to exchange ideas and information about the topics that matter the most.





February 20, 2015

February General Body Meeting CANCELLED!


                                 

Attention CAABJ Members and Friends,

Due to inclement weather, Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists has CANCELLED the "General Body Meeting" for tomorrow — Saturday, February 21st. We hope to see each and everyone of you at our Tournament Media Mixer Tuesday, February 24th at Aloft Hotel (Uptown). 

For more information on the media mixer, click here.

Have a safe and warm weekend.

Alexis Mitchell
President 

February 15, 2015

CAABJ Tournament Media Mixer 2015

Photo Courtesy: Woody Walters Digital Photo Candy

We know Tournament 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 24, 2015
Aloft Uptown Charlotte at the EpiCentre
210 E. Trade Street
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

CAABJ PAID Members: FREE
Non- CAABJ Members: $5.00
CAABJ Scholarship Donations are always welcome.

Come out and mix and mingle with local journalists and media professionals.


February 5, 2015

Meeting Venue...MOVED!

We've Moved!

CAABJ has a new home for our chapter meetings


Icehouse SouthEnd Bar and Grill
2100 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203

Join us...

Saturday, February 21st 
11:00 am

 Every third Saturday of each month, Icehouse SouthEnd has opened their restaurant doors just for us. The CAABJ Executive Board is thrilled to call "Icehouse SouthEnd" our new home. We are looking forward to working with management and their staff.



**Free Parking** 

Click here for more information on Icehouse SouthEnd.
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