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    End-of-Summer Membership Drive: Don't get left out. Renew your AZABJ membership by Aug. 15, 2016. Only $30. Membership gets you discounted rates to the annual NABJ Convention and discounted rates to local and regional programs. Plus, you will have first dibs on all our skills workshops. Pay your dues now at the link below!!

    Covering Black Arizona

    Join AZABJ and the Coalition of 100 Black Women o Monday, Sept 12 as we discuss the coverage of African Americans in the Valley of the Sun. Representatives from local media will be at the forum to talk about diversity in coverage. AZABJ Chapter President Retha Hill moderates. Location: Cronkite School of Journalism, First Amendment Forum, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

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    We're on a mission to promote diversity in media, elevate our members and do good.

    Arizona Association of Black Journalists

    Mission: Media Diversity + Elevate Members + Navigating Media Changes

    Phoenix, Arizona

     

    The local chapter is a collection of online, print, broadcast journalists, social media and media entrepreneurs.  Media academics and public relations and communications professionals are also welcomed members.

     

    How to Join: Connect with Chapter President Retha Hill at ArizonaAssocblackjournalists@gmail.com. Annual dues are $30. Chapter membership gets you into local programming and a discount to NABJ regional and national events.

     

    Connect with the group on Facebook: Arizona Association of Black Journalists

     

     

    Convention Highlights!

    NABJ joins with NAHJ Aug. 3-7, 2016. Find out more here.

    National Headquarters: Washington, D.C.

     

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

     

     

    Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.

     

    Students, Too

    Mission: Opportunity + Leadership + Connections

    NABJ-ASU

    Cronkite School of Journalism

    Phoenix, AZ

     

    The Phoenix-area student chapter of NABJ is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, located in Downtown Phoenix

     

    NABJ Student Chapter at U of Arizona

    Mission: Opportunity + Leadership + Connections

    Tucson, Arizona

     

    Congratulations to the students and faculty who have created the student chapter of NABJ at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Meetings are held weekly at the MLK Center.

     

  • OFFICERS

    Retha Hill

    President

    Retha Hill has been a journalist since she was 16 and edited her high school paper. A former staff reporter for The Washington Post, a founding editor of WashingtonPost.com and former Vice President of Black Entertainment Television Interactive, she is a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism where she incubates student startups. Her personal projects include www.blackeldercare.com and a black history augmented reality app. She has won numerous awards and grants but the ability to grow tomatoes still eludes her.

     

    Follow at @rethahill

    Marcus Braithwaite

    Vice President

    Marcus Braithwaite is the founder and executive editor of Valley Hype. Valley Hype is a digital platform echoing the undefined narrative of Phoenix’s youth culture. If you don't know where to go and what to do in Phoenix, you need to click on Valleyhype.com

    Cynthia Weaver

    Parliamentarian

    Cynthia Weaver is a Public Information Officer for the City of Phoenix representing the Phoenix Convention Center and Community & Economic Development departments.

    She is responsible for public information activities including media relations and web content management. As the PIO for the Phoenix Convention Center, Weaver is

    actively involved in Super Bowl communications on behalf of the city. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at

    Arizona State University and has more than twelve years of public relations experience. In her spare time, Weaver enjoys training for 5Ks, traveling and spending quality time

    with her daughter Ashley and their beloved dog Dyson.

    Cassandra Nicholson

    Treasurer

    Cassandra Nicholson leads the Cronkite School's recruitment and outreach efforts by showcasing the school's immersive labs and professional programs, as well as through collaborations with partners at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus and throughout the downtown Phoenix area. From 2009-2014, she worked at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, a nonprofit organization housed at the Cronkite School that provides a wide range of high-quality training for a global community of journalists. At the Reynolds Center, Nicholson coordinated online and in-person training sessions, produced various multimedia training materials and online content, while also managing the center's email marketing campaigns. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Cronkite School in 2008.

    Weldon Johnson

    Immediate Past President

    Weldon Johnson covers weather and traffic issues throughout the Valley for The Arizona Republic. He has been with The Republic since 2000.

    Ariyanna Zoe Norman

    Secretary

    Ariyanna is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State. She is a founding member of Arizona State's NABJ chapter and served as the organization's historian for 3 years. During her time at Arizona State she completed internships with local CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates. Ariyanna currently works for the Arizona Informant newspaper, one of the only publications that serves Arizona's Black community. She is the web content manager and a reporter.

    Marcus Vanderberg

    NABJ Region IV Director

    Marcus Vanderberg is a deputy editor at Yahoo Sports and has been an active member of NABJ since 2006. Region IV's members draw from all of the Western states, from Alaska to New Mexico. See a map here.

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