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