Birmingham Association of Black Journalists spotlights the city’s legacy

CNN Anchor Don Lemon poses with the scholarship winners at the BABJ event.

CNN Anchor Don Lemon poses with the scholarship winners at the BABJ’s Mountaintop Awards Gala where $3.000 was awarded in scholarships.

Birmingham, AL, Sept 15, 2013: Today the city of Birmingham honors the memories of four black girls who were killed by white supremacists in a bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The city of Birmingham has been commemorating its “50 Years Forward” campaign with various events that highlight the city’s painful history and the current state of the city as efforts continue towards meaningful change.

Emory Jackson's brothers accepted his award, which was made posthumously.

Emory Jackson’s brothers accepted his award, which was made posthumously.

One group that has taken the lead in the commemorative events is the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists (BABJ). The BABJ held a two–day conference on the weekend of September 6 and 7, honoring members of the media who played a vital role in the civil rights era. Scholarships were awarded to deserving students at the event. “We gave out $3,000 in scholarships to students,” said President of the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists Linda White.

Dr Jesse Lewis

Honoree, Dr Jesse Lewis, publisher of the Birmingham Times, speaks with a guest.

The event began with the Mountaintop Awards Ceremony, which was held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Harbert Center. CNN’ Anchor Don Lemon, a former Birmingham anchor, was the featured speaker. The honorees included Emory O. Jackson, crusading editor of the Birmingham World newspaper, Shelley Stewart, entrepreneur and radio personality and Dr. Jessie Lewis, Sr., publisher of The Birmingham Times. The three received special recognition for their courage in covering events that affected the black community during a period when other media outlets did not.

Audience members listen to the presenters.

Audience members listen to the presenters, who covered various topics at the conference.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the “Standing on their Shoulders” Conference was held from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Birmingham News. The conference featured  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff, whose book, “The Race Beat,” chronicles how the media covered the civil rights movement from Brown vs. the Board of Education to the Selma-to-Montgomery march.  Also, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones discussed the role the media played in bringing the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers to justice.

To learn more about the BABJ and its’ upcoming events, contact BABJ Chapter President Linda White at lwhite@wvtm.com, Tel: (205) 410-3406 or Event Committee Chair Willie Chriesman at willie@chriesman.com, Tel: (205) 223-3010.-OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Birmingham Association of Black Journalists recognizes media trailblazers with CNN’s Don Lemon

Birmingham, AL— As the city commemorates its “50 Years Forward” campaign, the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists (BABJ) is recognizing the news media’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. The two-day event will honor the pioneers who helped cover the events of 1963. It will also examine the coverage of civil and human rights issues today and in the future.

The event kicks off with the Mountaintop Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Harbert Center, 2019 4th Ave. North, Birmingham.

CNN’s Don Lemon, a former Birmingham anchor, is the featured speaker. Among the honorees are Emory O. Jackson, crusading editor of the Birmingham World newspaper, Shelley Stewart, entrepreneur and radio personality and Jessie Lewis, Sr., publisher of The Birmingham Times. The three will receive special recognition for their heroics in covering events that affected the black community during a period when other media outlets did not.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the “Standing on their Shoulders” Conference will be held from 8:00am to 1:00pm at The Birmingham News, 2201 4th Ave North, Birmingham.

The conference will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff, whose book, “The Race Beat,” chronicles how the media covered the civil rights movement from Brown vs. the Board of Education to the Selma-to-Montgomery march.  Also, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones will discuss the role the media played in bringing the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers to justice.

Admission to the conference is free, but registration is required. An optional $10 box lunch will also be available. There is a cost for the opening reception and dinner. Proceeds go to the BABJ Scholarship Fund.

For additional information, contact BABJ Chapter President Linda White at lwhite@wvtm.com, Tel: (205) 410-3406 or Event Committee Chair Willie Chriesman at willie@chriesman.com, Tel: (205) 223-3010. OnPointPress.net.

 

NABJ13 in Orlando was a mixture of fun, networking and information

 

OnPointPress.net Editorial Director Carmen Glover interacts with CNN Anchor Don Lemon at the  Awards Gala.

OnPointPress.net Editorial Director Carmen Glover interacts with CNN Anchor Don Lemon at the Awards Gala.

By Carmen Glover

For years I have mulled over the idea of attending the NABJ Convention and Career Fair but something always came up, pushing the thought into the deep recesses of my mind. But this year was different and I am very happy that I decided to attend the convention in Orlando, Florida from July 31, to August 4, 2013. During the opening night ceremony, New York’s Chapter won professional chapter of the year and Syracuse University won student chapter of the year. Afterwards, we enjoyed a spectacular presentation and block party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, replete with tasty dishes, lively music and a special Disney show.

OnPointPress Editorial Director Carmen Glover is flanked by Billy Blanks Jr and his wife Sharon after winning raffle.

OnPointPress Editorial Director Carmen Glover is flanked by Billy Blanks Jr and his wife Sharon after winning raffle.

The next morning, I staggered out of bed to participate in the workout session led by Billy Blanks Jr. and his wife Sharon. However, after surviving the grueling hour-long exercise routine, I nearly fainted from shock when I won a raffle held for workout participants. I also enjoyed a delicious mango/pineapple smoothie, courtesy of the McDonald’s booth. Later in the week, I stopped by the Healthy Pavilion to have my Body Mass Index (BMI) read and get dietary tips.

Throughout the four-day convention and career fair, I attended various seminars, met new friends, re-connected with longtime colleagues and had a good time. Among the most compelling sessions were “Conversation with Civil Rights Legend Simeon Booker”; Prudential’s “Cultivating Personal Wealth” moderated by Sharon Epperson of CNBC and featuring panelists such as Ivory Johnson, founder of Delancey Wealth Management, LLC, Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post and LaToya Smith of Black Enterprise; “Talking Heads 2.0” featuring Michael Smith and Jemele Hill of ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie, Arianne Thompson of USA Today and moderated by entertainment reporter Kelley Carter;  “Ethics in Media,” moderated by Randall Pinkston and featuring Trayvon Martin’s parents, “The “Branding of You,” moderated by former NABJ President Will Sutton and featuring Herb Lowe of Marquette University and Paula Madison of Madison Media Management LLC and “A Look at the Future of Magazines,” moderated by Yanick Rice Lamb of Howard University, with panelists including Vanessa Bush, editor-in-chief of Essence, Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, senior editor of Ebony and Keith Reed, senior editor of ESPN the Magazine/Treasurer NABJ.

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs of Ebony, Vanessa Bush of Essence and Keith Reed of ESPN The Magazine discuss the future of magazines.

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs of Ebony, Vanessa Bush of Essence and Keith Reed of ESPN The Magazine discuss the future of magazines.

I especially enjoyed the Awards Gala and the Sunday Gospel Brunch because both events made it easy for attendees to interact, and had great hosts: Don Lemon of CNN and Cari Champion of ESPN for the former and Syan Roberts of WESH-TV and Rod Carter of WFLA-TV for the latter.  It was also interesting observing folks swarming around singer Tyrese at the screening of the upcoming movie Black Nativity. The screening of the film, 12 Years a Slave was poignant while subsequent discussion with its stars Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o and the film’s director, Steve McQueen, was enlightening. During the Sports Task Force Scholarship Jam at the House of Blues, Hugh Douglas had unflattering words for his Numbers Never Lie co-host Michael Smith.

Bob Butler was voted the new NABJ President at the event.

Bob Butler was voted the new NABJ President at the event.

Bob Butler, who participated in the workout session, became the newest NABJ President, in an election that had an alarmingly low participation rate of less that 45% of the overall membership. Tv One’s Roland Martin was named journalist of the year and Gregory L. Moore of the Denver Post received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Disney’s Carmen J. Smith accepted Dr. Shelley Stewart’s Community Service Award on his behalf. Several of the moderators listed in the journal were no shows at the convention but the events went on smoothly. I left the convention loving the world of journalism even more, while being concerned by the changes looming on the horizon for print journalism. See you in Boston next year!  –OnPointPress.net.