Strong turnout for NYABJ’s pre-convention mixer

By Carmen Glover

July 24, 2013, New York The mood was festive as a strong contingent of journalists, public relations and communication professionals gathered at Pranna, a restaurant on Madison Avenue, in Manhattan last night. The mixer was organized to celebrate the accomplishments that the local chapter has made this year. NYABJ President Michael Feeney expressed satisfaction that the chapter will compete against the Atlanta and Dallas chapters for the title of chapter of the year, at the convention. “How many of you will be attending the convention next week in Orlando?’ Feeney asked as several hands went up. Feeney encouraged the attendees to network and remain involved with the organization to ensure its ongoing strength. Joseph M. Gray, the chapter’s parliamentarian, described the positions that will be available in the fall and urged attendees to consider running for office.

NYABJ President Michael Feeney interacts with attendees at the pre-convention mixer at Pranna Restaurant in Manhattan last night. CG.

NYABJ President Michael Feeney interacts with attendees at the pre-convention mixer at Pranna Restaurant in Manhattan last night. CG.

“It’s good to get out and mingle,” a few of the guests stated as old friends re-connected and new bonds were established. Among those in attendance were Matthew Scott, editor of Corporate Secretary magazine and former managing editor and Moneywise editor at Black Enterprise magazine, June Smith Bryant, strategist and former writer for Black Enterprise magazine, Kim Haas, public relations professional and Eric Tait, founder and co-chair of NYABJ’s Media Watch Committee. Tait will be hosting a town hall meeting with ESPN at MIST, located at 46 West 116th Street in Harlem. The event will take place tonight from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The town hall was organized to address community concerns stemming from WRKS Kiss FM merging into ESPN New York a year ago. ESPN New York, 98.7FM covers sports. However, the station’s FCC license requires public affairs content. For those who missed the mixer, it’s not too late to attend the town hall meeting later this evening to get some answers.