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The Funding Formula Debate

It has become necessary, once again, to focus on the recurring discussion about UNITY’s formula for disbursing convention proceeds among the alliance partners. The topic is not a new one and should be seen as part of the ongoing effort to focus on what is in the best interest of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.

In recent months, the level of discussion has intensified. Concern has been raised about at least one member of the UNITY alliance pulling out of the upcoming 2012 convention. It is important that we continue to have civil, constructive dialogue on all issues. Members of families may disagree. The primary concern, however, always should be on the health, solidarity and integrity of the entire family.

In December 2010, the outgoing UNITY board president sent a memo to the UNITY board of directors that introduced a proposal for a new formula for sharing UNITY convention proceeds among the five alliance members.

As Great Recession thaws, UNITY more important than ever

Joanna Hernandez portrait

Joanna Hernandez, UNITY President

From the President of UNITY:

I am humbled and honored to have been elected president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, representing the joint mission of the Native American Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

As everyone has reasons for doing things, I want to share what motivated me to run for president of UNITY.

UNITY Calls On AP to Save Internship Program, Invest in Future

December 8– McLean, VA– The president of UNITY: Journalists of Color calls on The Associated Press to reconsider abandoning its internship program.

AP officials have confirmed that the news service’s internship program will be eliminated as a part of an overall restructuring.

UNITY Elects New Leadership

Elections held at fall board meeting

Joanna Hernandez portrait

Joanna Hernandez

McLean, Virginia, October 27– Joanna Hernandez, current vice president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. (UNITY), has been elected president of the organization.

Ms. Hernandez was elected by UNITY’s board of directors at its fall board meeting this past weekend. Sharon Chan, president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) was elected vice president, Leisa Richardson of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was elected secretary, and Michaela Saunders, current UNITY secretary of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) was elected treasurer.

Their two-year terms begin on January 1, 2011.

Race-Based Team Names Not Tolerated In Wis.

School team nicknames like the Chieftains and Braves may soon be a thing of the past in Wisconsin, where a new law allows the state to ban race-based mascots and logos. If a complaint is upheld, school districts face fines of up to $1,000 a day.

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