The NABJ Elections Committee held a webinar on July 10 for the board candidates for VP-Broadcast and Student Representative. You can listen to the recording here. The hour went quickly, but there were still questions being asked. The candidates — Region III Director Gayle Hurd and incumbent VP-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker — took time to answer them, below.
It seems Diversity isn’t the buzzword it once was, which is unfortunate because the need for it remains. In order to keep the conversation and the actions associated with bringing about diversity in the newsroom or any room, going, we have to increase our advocacy with news directors and managers. Something that has not been a priority recently. We must Inform those who are in hiring positions that NABJ has a wealth of candidates for these jobs and how making these hires will benefit their company. More importantly we need to secure ways to bring more journalists of color into positions of power – management, news directors, editors, owners – so that the playing field will be made more even. And by the same token, we must motivate and encourage our members to seek out management positions. NABJ can do that by continuing to prepare our members for roles beyond their current jobs and continuing to provide professional development and information on job openings. And on that note, The NABJ Jobline could stand some improvements to make it more user-friendly, We need to increase the number of jobs by including in the convention sponsor package an opportunity for our corporate partners list their jobs on the Jobline on a regular basis, not just during convention time. Knowing where we stand is part of the solution. Perhaps another media diversity census is due.
And last, but not least, our talent as journalists should be used in telling the story of the lack of diversity in newsrooms and boardrooms, every chance we get.