Online voting is now underway for National Association of Black Journalists officers. CBS2 reporter and NABJ-CC board member Dorothy Tucker is a leading candidate for Vice President of Broadcast. This leadership position is a logical next step for Dorothy, who also has served as a member of the national board of directors. In making her announcement, she released the following candidate’s statement on social media:
My dedication to this organization began more than 30 years ago. From a founding member of the Pittsburgh chapter to leadership positions in Memphis, Denver and Chicago, my commitment to NABJ is constant. In the past, I’ve served on the national board as Region V Director, successfully leading regional conventions in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. I know what it takes to raise money on a local level and I’ve had experience raising funds for a national convention. Our Chicago chapter hosted a successful NABJ convention in 1997 and one of the best UNITY conventions in 2008, with keynote speaker US Senator Barack Obama.
Having faced the firing squad twice in my career, if elected, I will be a champion for entrepreneurial endeavors that will empower our members and make us leaders in this industry. And because this industry is changing so rapidly we must be better informed. My goal is to attend industry conventions such as the NAB, NATAS and RTNDA, to stay abreast of current issues and future changes, and more importantly report back to the membership. The number one priority is jobs. As companies continue to downsize we must expand our search for positions in new media, non-media and technology companies looking for experienced broadcasters. I will also promote quarterly broadcast webinars to share trends, information and advice from industry pros.
As we approach our 40th anniversary it’s time to tighten the books to ensure a stronger future. I will vote for every measure that will reign in our finances. That could include new rules to better control board spending and implementing organizational measures to avoid budget overruns. At the same time I will help the organization pursue other funding sources from non-traditional sources, such as trust funds.
I’m ready and willing to stand up for you and the future of NABJ.
To keep abreast of her candidacy and to demonstrate your support, “like” Dorothy’s Facebook page here.
Remember, only members of the national organization are eligible to vote for national officers. If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is the time to do it!