NABJ Pulls Out of Webinar, Cites Distraction to Priorities
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is committed to informing our members and the public-at-large about the challenges associated with COVID-19. From misinformation, regardless of the source, to reporting on dysfunctional national operations related to COVID-19, to best practices to help keep people safe, we are committed to continuing to give people the information they need. Our COVID-19 resource page on our website and social media platforms are evidence of our serious commitment.
NABJ has canceled a webinar scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET, entitled “The Rise of Misinformation” because it has become a distraction from other priorities. It had come under attack because controversial technology giant Huawei was planning to sponsor the webinar though it had no editorial control. NABJ always retains editorial control over all such content along with final say over moderators and panelists. Huawei knew all of this in advance. Additionally, Huawei officials were not part of the scheduled webinar. Seasoned journalist and CNN’s Van Jones was a panelist and NABJ’s Roland Martin was the moderator for the webinar. They were to be joined by panelists will.i.am, musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and Dr. Ebony Hilton, a noted medical professional at the University of Virginia. They were all poised to talk about the purveyance of information regarding COVID-19.
There is no signed contract and NABJ has not accepted funding from Huawei. NABJ will continue its COVID-19 dialogue with the greater community-at-large.