I am saddened by the decision that the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists has made to leave the alliance of UNITY: Journalists of Color.
I understand that this is a business decision, that the NABJ board members are doing what they think is best for their organization. And I wish them well.
As the newsroom census report recently released by ASNE makes clear, our mission is not over. UNITY will continue to advocate for communities of color to be fairly and accurately covered in the media.
And we will keep advocating on behalf of all journalists of color.
The programming committee for the UNITY 2012 convention in Las Vegas has begun planning innovative workshops and sessions of interest to all journalists. We welcome everyone committed to our mission to attend the convention. And we will always welcome feedback and encourage suggestions from NABJ members.
So although the NABJ board has made this decision, we will never shut the door nor turn our backs on our friends and colleagues.
McLean, Va. — UNITY Journalists of Color, Inc., has established a new revenue-sharing plan for the 2012 convention and is committed to working on a new strategic plan to make our alliance stronger while also ensuring the sustainability of the organization’s important mission.
The new revenue-sharing plan creates the potential for more revenue for each alliance partner: the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Native American Journalists Association. It also provides revenue to fund UNITY at a sustainable, disciplined level.
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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.
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