TV Newsers Interact With Aspiring Journalists of Color at the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair

By A.J. Katz 

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TV newsers from the major news outlets flocked to this year’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair this past Wednesday through Sunday in Miami.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky, ABC News president James Goldston, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, NBC News’/Wall Street Journal’s Matt Murray participated in a The Future of News panel moderated by NABJ President Sarah Glover, where the newsers shared insight on the industry, the changes ahead for journalists and diversity in the newsroom.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet

ABC News president James Goldston told the standing room only crowd, “we’re in an interesting moment in journalism. There was the radio era, the linear television era, the cable news era and now we’re in the nascent stage of the streaming news era. That’s going to be defining for all of us, and there’s tremendous opportunity. We’ll be hiring for almost 100 jobs in the next few months.”

Other ABC Newsers in Miami this week – svp of talent, editorial strategy and business affairs Barbara Fedida, vp of talent and development Mary Noonan, Marie Nelson (who started at ABC on Monday as svp of integrated content and strategy), View ep Candi Carter, GMA senior ep Michael Corn, Nightline anchor Byron Pitts, ABC News Live anchor Kimberly Brooks, svp of pr Julie Townsend and vice president of news practices David Peterkin.

NBC News/MSNBC had a significant presence at this year’s convention. Anchors/hosts included Craig Melvin, Sheinelle Jones, Joy Reid, Kendis Gibson. Correspondents Trymaine Lee, Rehema Ellis, Geoff Bennett, Steve Patterson, Simone Boyce, Morgan Radford. Reporters Dartunorro Clark, Shamar Walters. Executives including NBC News chairman Andy Lack, Craig Robinson, Janelle Rodriguez, Yvette Miley, Ken Strickland, Marian Porges, Richard Greenberg, Rashida Jones, Frieda Morris, Errol Cockfield. EPs/producers Quiana Burns, Joey Cole, Omnika Thompson, Wesley Oliver, Allison Orr, Ugonna Okpalaoka, Sky McCarthy.

Additionally, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt won two NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

Television Network – Specialty

  • Changing the Face of Medicine

Television Network – General Assignment News: Short Form

  • Nearly 750 Charter Schools are Whiter than the Nearby District Schools

Additional winners will be listed in a future post.

Below, is NBC News Group’s head of special events Rashida Jones participating on the Art of the Pitch panel. “It’s everyone’s responsibility in a newsroom to find stories,” she said.

NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett with NBC News chairman Andy Lack in: “A Conversation with the Chairman.”

NBC’s Craig Melvin moderated a U.S. presidential candidates panel, featuring Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.

CBS executive vice president of news Kim Godwin was a speaker on the Fight the Power plenary, looking at solutions to the diversity challenges newsrooms confront, especially at the highest levels. EVP Ingrid Ciprian Matthews also spoke on the topic of diversity in newsrooms.

CBS News sent approximately 75 people to NABJ, not including the attendees from the stations affiliates and CBS employees from other divisions.

CNN hosted an invite-only workshop featuring reporters, along with producers and digital journalists on Thursday. Senior managers, on-air coaches and CNN correspondents taught and challenged attendees on what it takes to make it to the network. During this half-day, small-group workshop, reporters and producers built skills and apply practical techniques. Topics included enterprise reporting, on-air performance & presentation, editorial decision-making, producing philosophy, breaking news and building a digital strategy.

Additionally, Fox News’ Harris Faulkner co-hosted the NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Awards and Gala with ABC News’ Byron Pitts on Saturday night.