NABJ-CC Board Candidate Nominations

The National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter (NABJ-CC) is pleased to inform you that candidate nominations are closed for the 2017-2019 term of the NABJ-CC Board of Directors.

The election will take place at the NABJ-CC Annual Meeting in May.  The ballots, with the names of all eligible candidates, will be distributed to membership at the May 18, 2017 Annual Meeting. The location of the Annual Meeting will be announced as soon as possible.

NABJ-CC CANDIDATE ROSTER FOR 2017-2019 TERM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT – Renita D. Young

Experience: Young is Medill graduate currently with Reuters. She has held positions at USA Today, theGrio.com, Today’s Chicago Woman, AOL’s Patch.com, K24-TV in Nairobi, Kenya and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in South Louisiana. She currently serves second term as NABJ-CC’s Secretary.
Statement: NABJ-CC is facing a critical transition. As many of our longtime leaders seek to live out the next phase of their lives in a different way, our young journalists seek opportunities to effect change. As a homegrown “NABJ Baby” who’s served on the board twice as secretary, I know NABJ-CC’s unique concerns. My platform is simple: Growing Leaders. By combining the institutional knowledge and wisdom of our seasoned members with the energy and new ideas of our younger members, my mission is to create a pipeline of journalism leaders in NABJ-CC through innovative programming, exclusive newsmaker chats, building a strong source network, mentorship and community service. Under my leadership, NABJ-CC will become the premiere Chicago organization where people of all professions gain invaluable information.

VICE-PRESIDENT/BROADCAST – Art Norman

Experience: Founding member of NABJ, former President of NABJ Chicago, currently Vice President. Art Norman, NBC 5 Chicago, is a fixture on WMAQ-Ch. 5’s newscasts, retired from the NBC-owned station after nearly 30-years of broadcasting. He is currently the Vice President of the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter; ten years ago he served as the organization’s President. During his career, Norman received six Emmys, a national Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and an Associated Press Award for “Best Investigative Reporting.” Norman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Physics from the Johnson C. Smith University. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and holds a first class F.C.C. engineer’s license.
Platform: “We must continue to mentor and challenge the next generation of Black Journalists.”

*VICE-PRESIDENT/DIGITAL (PROPOSED POSITION) – Andrea Watson

(AT-LARGE CANDIDATE IF DIGITAL/VP POSITION NOT ADOPTED)

Experience: Watson is currently a staff reporter at DNAinfo Chicago, and previously worked at The Chicago Defender, with internships at Inside Higher ED, Johnson Publishing and NBC Chicago. She holds a B.A. in English from University of Illinois.
Platform: I’ve been a member of NABJ—national and local—since 2010. I obtained my first journalism internship as a result of the convention in San Diego. Each opportunity I got after that was because of that convention, as well as my connection with the Chicago chapter. It is time for me to step up and serve the organization that has played a tremendous role in my career growth and development. I’m a multimedia journalist at DNAinfo.com and our members would benefit from more digital programming and workshops. I’m running for the board to help grow the organization in that area, and foster the next generation of journalists to walk in our footsteps.

VICE-PRESIDENT/PRINT – Maudlyne Ihejirika

Experience: Sun Times Reporter
Platform: “I am and have always been dedicated to the goals and mission of the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter, and have proudly served the organization for many years, first as a board member, then as Scholarships Chair, and currently as Vice President/Print and Scholarships Chair. I continue to seek to move the organization forward. Among my goals are increasing scholarship funds, along with the pool of qualified candidates for our annual scholarships.”

TREASURER – Val West

Experience: FOX-TV (retired); West has served multiple terms as NABJ-CC Treasurer.

SECRETARY – Tony Smith

Experience: Tony Smith is a news reporter and meteorologist. As a 10 year veteran of broadcast journalism in numerous markets, he writes, shoots video and edits video. He has worked as a news associate producer at the local level.
Platform: My first-time working with the NABJ-Chicago Chapter inspired me to be all I can be as a journalist. The inspiration I derived from NABJ-Chicago Chapter back then now compels me to serve the organization as board member at large. I want to advocate for black journalists on both sides of the camera, as well as those working online and in print. Let’s work together for a stronger and more relevant NABJ-Chicago Chapter. It is time our voices are really heard and people say what they mean and do what they say.

AT-LARGE (Currently Available: 6 At-Large Positions/
*Potentially Available with 4/26/2017 Passage of Proposed Amendment: 9 At-Large Positions)

Gloria Brown

Experience: I continue to work for WGN as a freelance Consultant and Special Projects Producer.
Platform: I would like to continue working in my position as a board member at-large for NABJ-CC also. As always, I will use my position as board member to focus on diversity in our newsrooms. I will continue to urge our general managers, news directors, editors and administrators to become more transparent by joining our organization, supporting our efforts and participating in our monthly forums. I have mentored many students and interns, some of which are now top journalists in Chicago and around the country. I would like the opportunity to continue doing this rewarding and much needed work for NABJ-CC.

Brenda Butler

Experience: As former Senior Features Editor at Chicago Tribune and Executive director, Columbia Links, Butler is accomplished editor with experience in generating, assigning and aggregating content and working with a staff of reporters, art directors, photo editors, photographers, videographers and Web providers.
Platform: “Why am I running? I have served three terms as NABJ Chicago president. I want to continue leveraging my experience and expertise to make this journalism organization (Chapter of the Year in 2009) even stronger. I have served in many capacities, including program committee co-chair, and helped restore the organization to its solid affiliate status. Let’s keep NABJ Chicago adaptable and focused on its mission and introduce new voices who will carry the vision forward. What can NABJ Chicago do for you? Together, we will answer that question and change the narrative. Plus, the need for reliable, credible news sources delivered to a discerning consumer is more important than ever. NABJ Chicago can help those consumers and communities become smarter and better critical thinkers.”

Cheryl Corley

Experience: I have been a long time member/and committee member of NABJ-Chicago and am interested in becoming a board member at large. I would bring significant board experience with me. I’ve have served as the President of AWJ-Chicago; as a trustee of Bradley University and as board member and President of Community Television Network (CTVN). NABJ-Chicago has always presented excellent programs and information to Black Journalists and others who attend NABJ-Chicago events and I’d like to be a part of that and to help expanding our membership.
Platform: I am a broadcast journalist and have been a Correspondent for National Public Radio’s National Desk for several years. I’ve also served as the News Director at Chicago’s local public radio station, WBEZ and as a television director at an NBC-TV affiliate. I have been a long time member/and committee member of NABJ-Chicago and am now seeking to serve as a board member at large. I’d work to expand our membership and cooperative engagements with other Chicago journalism groups. I have served as the President of the Association for Women Journalists- Chicago and served on other boards. I’d utilize my board knowledge to help facilitate the work of NABJ-Chicago.

Josh McGhee

Experience: B.A in Communication with a Digital Media Arts Minor, Culver-Stockton College; currently Producer/Reporter at DNAinfo Chicago.
Platform: I have been lucky to find myself in a position to do what I truly enjoy in journalism, but every week I see a colleague giving up on their dreams because of the lack of opportunities available in our industry. As a board member at large, I would work as an ambassador connecting aspiring journalist with established journalists looking to educate and promote the next generation of journalists of color. My platform would focus on ensuring that young journalists not only have the tools to be competitive in the aspects of journalism they feel called to, but that they also have opportunities to gain experience in the field.

Arionne Nettles

Experience: I’m a multimedia journalist and editor with an extensive background in corporate marketing and social media strategy. I’m currently a multiform editor at The Associated Press. In addition to past journalism work, I’ve led the social media team at a Chicago corporation and worked as a social media strategist for a digital agency, managing the social media accounts for companies in both B2B and B2C industries. I’m also an MBA graduate of Florida A&M University and recently received a second master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Statement: The business of journalism is more important than ever in today’s digital landscape.
Understanding how media organizations make money through audience consumption becomes an increasingly important piece of every media professional’s job. As someone who brings digital and business strategy experience to the editorial world, I would advocate continuous learning, primarily in the digital field, and seek opportunities for NABJ-CC members to gain knowledge in emerging platforms.

Dorothy Tucker

Experience: Tucker is 31 Year veteran at WBBM-TV; Former Vice President, NABJ-Chicago; Former Region V Director, National Association for Black Journalists; Current, Vice President, Broadcast, NABJ; Current, Board of Directors At-Large, NABJ-CC
Statement: We are in the middle of a journalism storm. We need young journalists to take the helm and guide us through the turbulent waters but veteran reporters must remain to help steady the ship. I am committed to mentoring young journalists who can become leaders in our industry and our organization.

*Andrea Watson (VP/DIGITAL CANDIDATE PENDING AMENDMENT ADOPTION)

Experience: Watson is currently a staff reporter at DNAinfo Chicago, and previously worked at The Chicago Defender, with internships at Inside Higher ED, Johnson Publishing and NBC Chicago. She holds a B.A. in English from University of Illinois.
Platform: I’ve been a member of NABJ—national and local—since 2010. I obtained my first journalism internship as a result of the convention in San Diego. Each opportunity I got after that was because of that convention, as well as my connection with the Chicago chapter. It is time for me to step up and serve the organization that has played a tremendous role in my career growth and development. I’m a multimedia journalist at DNAinfo.com and our members would benefit from more digital programming and workshops. I’m running for the board to help grow the organization in that area, and foster the next generation of journalists to walk in our footsteps.

Members unable to attend the Annual Meeting may request an absentee ballot by contacting the Nominating Committee’s dedicated e-mail address (nabjchicago@aol.com).  Confirm your electronic request by also leaving a voice message at 312-939-7640.  The availability of absentee ballots will be announced weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.  Absentee ballots will be electronically sent following your request.  Only your original signature absentee ballot will be counted for the election.  Please send your completed absentee ballot to the following address:

NABJ-Chicago Chapter

P.O. Box 81228

Chicago, IL 60681-0228

Please note that completed absentee ballots must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than May 15, 2017.

Nomination and election related inquiries should be directed to the Nominating Committee at nabjchicago@aol.com.

The NABJ-CC Nominating Committee

Cheryl Corley                    Gail Walker                 Richard Steele

Parliamentarian

NABJ-CC Board of Directors

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