Walt Disney’s Carole Munroe receives NABJ’s Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award

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Carole Munroe, director of public relations for Walt Disney World Resort is the recipient of the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ’s) Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2015) − The Board of Directors of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Carole Munroe, director of public relations for the Walt Disney World Resort, as the recipient of the 2015 Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award. Recipients of the Pat Tobin Award must be entrepreneurs, public relations, advertising, or marketing professionals, or media owners who serve as trailblazers and bridge builders for other media professionals thus improving the media profession at large.

“Carole Munroe is a skilled public relations practitioner. She has a strategic mind, business savvy, combined with a clear and confident style of communication,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “As the public relations lead for Disney theme parks she helps a global audience understand how special Disney’s parks are and the amazing experiences they offer to visitors from around the world.”

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Munroe’s career with Disney spans 25 years. As director of public relations for the Walt Disney World Resort, she is the site leader for all domestic, international and multi-cultural public relations opportunities impacting the entire destination, which includes four Walt Disney World theme parks, 25 owned and operated resort hotels, two water parks, two full-service spas, the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities and Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) entertainment, dining and retail complex. Munroe and her team also support other Disney Destinations businesses such as Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club and Disney’s Fairytale Weddings.

“Carole Munroe is an extraordinary representative for Disney and she works hard on behalf of Disney theme parks, the company’s initiatives, and the brand at large” said Dawn A. Roberts, associate member representative. “An active member of the association she has leveraged her relationships to ensure that Disney is a committed partner to NABJ.”

Munroe is respected as a public relations, brand and marketing strategist. She frequently speaks before public relations and marketing professionals. EBONY Magazine has recognized her as an Outstanding Woman in Marketing and Communications. Her work with Disney Parks has also been honored with a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Bronze Anvil Award, A New York Public Relations Society Big Apple Award, Promax Award for national promotion and a Purpose Award for Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Munroe is a devoted mentor and considers the success of those she has influenced among her greatest professional rewards.

A graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Munroe currently serves on the alumni board of the college. Munroe was a journalist earlier in her career, working as a reporter, producer and news director. She says that she uses her storytelling abilities every day to relate powerful stories about her company, one of the world’s most recognizable entertainment and media brands.

The Pat Tobin Media Professional Award is named for NABJ member Pat Tobin. Tobin passed away in 2008, and was president and CEO of Tobin and Associates, a prominent minority, woman-owned public relations firm based in Los Angeles. She was a dedicated activist for causes that impacted minorities, women and youth. Ms. Munroe’s honor will be presented to her at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 8th during NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis.

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 additional information visit www.nabj.org.–OnPointPress.net.

NABJ honors late sports columnist Bryan Burwell with 2015 Legacy Award

Late sports columnist Bryan Burwell will be honored with the NABJ 2015 Legacy Award.

Late sports columnist Bryan Burwell is honored with the NABJ 2015 Legacy Award.

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2015) − The Board of Directors of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected the late Bryan Burwell as the recipient of the 2015 Legacy Award. Mr. Burwell was a nationally recognized sports columnist, and at the time of his death he wrote for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Recipients of the Legacy Award are recognized for having had a career of extraordinary achievement, which broke barriers and blazed trails.

“Bryan Burwell was a sports journalist who covered historic moments and milestones on the court and on the field. His performance as a journalist set a high bar for others to follow,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Few reporters can say they covered some of the most important moments in sports across platforms, but Bryan could and he did it extremely well.”

In addition to his work as a columnist for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he had been an on-air host for CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis and 101 ESPN Radio, also in St. Louis. On television viewers saw him on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning and The Sports Reporters.

“Bryan Burwell was an exceptional journalist and an exceptional mentor and friend. He had a confidence and charisma which made his written work critical and perceptive, and his television commentary biting and forceful,” said Gregory Lee, past NABJ President and Director, Editorial Content at NBA.com. “A descendant of the first generation of black sportswriters, his exceptional work has ensured that more black sports reporters will have the types of opportunities he had to have impactful careers.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. Burwell had been a columnist for USA Today, The Sporting News, The Detroit News, and The New York Daily News. He had also written for Newsday and The Baltimore Sun, and been an on-air contributor to HBO Sports. Mr. Burwell’s honor will be presented to his family at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 8th during NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis.

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 additional information visit www.nabj.org.–OnPointPress.net.

Veteran Journalist Dori J. Maynard, NABJ icon of diversity, inclusion, has died

Dori Maynard, icon, pioneer and champion of diversity and inclusion, died at the age of 56.

Dori Maynard, icon, pioneer and champion of diversity and inclusion, has died at the age of 56.

(February 26, 2015) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of Dori J. Maynard, late president of The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Maynard died at her home in Oakland, California on Tuesday, February 24. She was 56 years old.

Earlier in her career Ms. Maynard was a reporter at the The Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, and the Detroit Free Press. She had led the institute since 2001. The institute originally named the Institute for Journalism Education was later renamed to honor Maynard’s late father Robert in 1993. Maynard’s stepmother the late Nancy Hicks Maynard was the institute’s first president.

Diversity icon Dori Maynard has died.

Diversity icon Dori Maynard has died.

The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has continued over the years to fulfill its mission of training journalists and news managers who work to provide thoughtful and inclusive coverage of the communities they serve, create content which embraces the diversity of American society, and serve as a watchdog agency holding the media accountable for the accuracy and fairness of its reporting. It has excelled at doing so with Dori Maynard as the institute’s guiding force.

“Dori fought to ensure that the journalists and newsroom managers responsible for coverage looked like the communities they are responsible for covering,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Dori knew that if newsrooms represented the society then journalists would tell stories which are truthful, authentic, and compassionate.”

Maynard’s journalistic acumen and body of work earned her the opportunity to be a part of Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship program, a highly selective program allowing journalists to spend a year at Harvard undertaking intensive individualized training and to receive leadership development training. Her selection for the program in 1993 was noteworthy, because it made Maynard and her father, the first father-daughter duo to complete the fellowship.

“Dori was an incredible journalist, and an incredible leader. She was a fierce advocate who was committed to the cause of promoting exceptional journalism at the hands of exceptional talent. Her fierce determination, her focus, her vision, her candor will surely be missed. The journalism community is all the better thanks to Dori’s tremendous contributions. She will be missed,” Butler added.

NABJ offers its sincere condolences to Dori’s family and friends, and to the staff of the Maynard Institute.

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.–OnPointPress.net.

CNN pulls support to National Association of Black Journalists, fires many black staffers

President of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler has been an ardent advocate for the right of black journalist to work in every aspect of journalism so that the perspectives of blacks are heard often and in a balanced manner.

President of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler has been an ardent advocate for the rights of black journalists to work in every aspect of journalism so that the perspectives of blacks are heard often and in a balanced manner.

MINNEAPOLIS (October 17, 2014) – Today at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Board of Director’s Meeting, President Bob Butler announced that long-time supporter CNN has withdrawn support of NABJ for the 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

NABJ issued a statement last week, “NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African-Americans,” in which NABJ expressed concern over the large number of African-American staff members leaving and being fired from the cable news network. Several African-Americans anchors have left the anchor desk or CNN altogether in the past few years.

Following the release CNN contacted NABJ President Bob Butler and informed him the association’s request for support was denied.

Since that time CNN announced a major layoff in which at least five senior managers were laid off. In the past year nearly a dozen African-American managers have resigned, been laid off or were terminated.”

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “There were not that many African-American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

NABJ was established as an advocacy group in 1975 in Washington, D.C., and is now the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation. It provides career development, educational support and other services to its members worldwide. For more information, visit www.nabj.org-OnPointPress.net.

NABJ’s emerging journalist among two arrested in Ferguson while covering protests

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

By Carmen Glover
National Association of Black Journalists’ 2014 emerging journalist of the year Wesley Lowery, who works for the Washington Post, was arrested with fellow reporter Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post a few hours ago.

Both journalists spoke to MSNBC and stated that they were “seated in McDonald ‘s” charging their telephones when they were approached by police officers, some dressed in SWAT gear. The reporters were ordered to leave the restaurant.

MSNBC's national reporter Trymaine Lee was subjected to tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri.

MSNBC’s national reporter Trymaine Lee was subjected to tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I was slammed into a soda fountain,” said Lowery, who said he was further manhandled, arrested and then released shortly afterwards without any charges being filed or police report issued. Both journalists provided riveting blow by blow accounts on their twitter feeds.

Meanwhile, MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, who participated in NABJ14 in Boston with Lowery, spoke to Lawrence O’Donnell‎ while gasping for air as he described being among a group who were subjected to tear gas by Ferguson police officers.

NABJ President Bob Butler shared his feelings on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

NABJ President Bob Butler shared his feelings on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a statement NABJ said it “strongly condems the arrests” of the journalists. “Journalists have a constitutionally protected right to work without the government interference,” NABJ president Bob Butler said. “We fully expect the authorities to investigate what appears to be a violation of the First Amendment and to hold the officers involved to account, if necessary.”

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

The town of Ferguson has been transformed into a military state as SWAT teams have descended on the streets, joining police in riot gear who have trained military style weapons on protesters and reporters.

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Residents have been protesting the execution of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by an unnamed police officer on Saturday, August 9, as he walked home with his friend Dorian Johnson‎. Although the Ferguson police department stated that Brown was killed after a struggle with the officer, Johnson stoutly refuted that version, stating that he and his friend were walking in the middle of the street when the police officer used expletives in ordering them off the street before grabbing Brown around his neck and shooting him multiple times in the back even though Brown was running away with his arms raised.

Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.

Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.


The Justice Department has launched a criminal and civil rights probe into the case. An autopsy report released today revealed that Brown was killed by gunshot wounds. His body was turned over to his parents.-OnPointPress.net

NABJ14 concludes successful convention in Boston, Minneapolis is next

The  Jumbotron ,at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, indicated a public welcome to NABJ members. The NABJ's Boston Chapter arranged a welcome reception and tour of the stadium on 7/31/2014.

The JumboTron ,at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, indicated a public welcome to NABJ members. The NABJ’s Boston Chapter arranged a welcome reception and tour of the stadium on 7/31/2014.

By Carmen Glover

Thousands of journalists, media professionals and students gathered in Boston from July 30 to August 3 for a successful hosting of the 39th annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair.

Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press was named Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press was named Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

Attendees to the event were welcomed officially on Wednesday, July 30 in an engaging reception that featured television veteran Carole Simpson, who is senior leader in residence at Emerson College, WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton and an exciting dance troupe from Roxbury, Massachusetts. Journalists were then escorted to Regal 13 in downtown Boston, for an exclusive screening of the James Brown film “Get On Up,” which riveted the audience with lead actor Chadwick Boseman’s compelling transformation as he depicted the Godfather of Soul.

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

At 6:30 a.m. each morning, Zumba workouts were available and on some days there were professional development breakfasts and lunch and learn sessions. On Thursday, July 31, Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh, television veteran Sarah Shaw and ESPN host of Numbers Never Like Michael Smith, spoke at the opening ceremony.

Ambassador Andrew Young discussed "Repairing The Breach To My Brother's Keeper." at NABJ14.

Ambassador Andrew Young discussed “Repairing The Breach To My Brother’s Keeper” at NABJ14.

Among the notable panels included “Race in America,” during which Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree discussed salient issues concerning race, in a conversation moderated by noted journalist Ed Gordon. Ogletree also joined Ambassador Andrew Young, chairman of his self-named foundation, Dr. Bobby Austin, president of Neighborhood Association Inc. and editor of “Repairing the Breach,” Jim Shelton, deputy press secretary of education, My Brother’s Keeper task force and Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida on Friday, August 1 on the panel “Repairing the Breach to My Brother’s Keeper: Reconnecting African-American Mena and Boys to American Society.”

Editors Jill Geisler and Anthony Cook participated at NABJ14.

Media Executive Jill Geisler and Anthony Cook, Community News Director of Alabama Media Group, participated at NABJ14.

Panelists explored issues such as the outlook for print journalism in “The Future of Print,” to the entrepreneurial role of African-American Journalists in the burgeoning online media industry in the session, “Hanging Your Own Shingle: Making the Leap into Entrepreneurship.” Financial health and planning were discussed in “Cultivating Personal Wealth: Are You Financially Fit?” which provided excellent insight by experts such as The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Shirley-Ann Robertson of Prudential and Deborah Owens, who appears regularly on Roland Martin’s TV One show “News One Now.” The Anne Casey Foundation provided a poignant look at the plight of children from different ethnic groups that elicited passionate feedback from the attendees.

Financial Expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox discussed financial health at NABJ14.

Financial Expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox discussed financial health at NABJ14.

A career fair operated daily from 9:00 a.m. and each night there were receptions and parties to offer a broad mix of activities. ESPN’s mentoring breakfast was well-attended, as was the Sports Task Force’s Scholarship Jam at the House of Blues on Friday night. The Film Festivals showcased movies such as “Get On Up,” “Finding Samuel Lowe,” “Black and White,” “Dear White People” and “Contradiction.”  Actors Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer seemed relaxed as they talked with journalists after the first screening of their heartwarming film “Black and White.”

NABJ President Bob Butler offered steep discount for NABJ15 if members register by August 30.

NABJ President Bob Butler offered steep discount for NABJ15 if members register by August 31.

The awards gala, NABHJ’s signature event of the convention, did not disappoint, with journalists being honored for their outstanding work and special awards given out. Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press was named “Journalist of the Year.”  NABJ14 wrapped up on Sunday, August 3, with a stirring Gospel Brunch. During the awards gala on Saturday night, NABJ’s president Bob Butler offered a bargain to those who register early for NABJ15, when the organization will celebrate its’ fortieth anniversary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“If you register by August 31 the cost is $200 and $150 for students,” he stated, as appreciation was shown with thunderous applause–OnPointPress.net.

Governor, Mayor, James Brown movie spice up NABJ14 in Boston‏

NABJ President Bob Butler is excited to have the latest convention in Boston.

NABJ President Bob Butler is excited to have the latest convention, NABJ14, in Boston.

By Carmen Glover

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh addressed thousands of journalists on Thursday, July 31 at the opening ceremony for the 39th National Association‎ of Black Journalists Convention.

Both men welcomed the venerable organization to the city of Boston for the first time. Governor Patrick spoke on his 58th birthday and spoke proudly of his achievements in the state. The mayor spoke about Boston’s focus on diversity and his commitment to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick welcomed NABJ14 conference attendees and shared a message about his governing style and agenda.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick welcomed NABJ14 conference attendees and shared a message about his governing style and agenda.

“We are taking a leadership role in the My Brother’s Keeper because they will from the next generation of leaders in our city. I told my staff that the president’s initiative must succeed in Boston.”‎

The mayor expressed his pleasure that the organization decided to host the convention in Boston. NABJ president Bob Butler, who was born in Chelsea, and ESPN co-host of Numbers Never Lie Michael Smith, spoke about his roots in Boston, as a former intern at the Boston Globe. Sarah Shaw, the first black female newscaster in Boston also addressed the gathering during the opening ceremony.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh embraces the opportunity to welcome NABJ to their first national conference in Boston.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh embraces the opportunity to welcome NABJ to their first national conference in Boston.

NABJ14, got off to a stirring start on Wednesday, July 30 with welcome remarks offered by veteran journalist Carole Simpson, who was the first African-American female anchor on television when she anchored ABC’s weekend edition of World News Tonight ‎for several years.

Chadwick Boseman embodies the essence of James Brown in Get On Up, which opens nationwide on Aug. 1.

Chadwick Boseman embodies the essence of James Brown in Get On Up, which opens nationwide on Aug. 1.

Wednesday ‘s welcome ceremony featured an exclusive sneak preview of the riveting James Brown biopic, “Get On Up.” The movie provided an unvarnished look at the complex and textured life of the late Godfather of Soul, whose demons propelled him to hone his craft and strive for musical excellence. Talented actor Chadwick Boseman captured Brown’s unmatched aura and gave a profound insight into the life of a man whose highs included sold out concerts and an energized fan base, juxtaposed with lows that showed him in jail, and violently abusing the women in his life and creating a rift in his other relationships.-OnPointPress.net