The National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention was in Detroit, and DPTV captured its vital conversations on the status of minorities in the economy and the media. Watch “Diversity in the D” and the opening town hall forum on American Black Journal’s Facebook Page. Convention highlights are on American Black Journal online now or on-air Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on DPTV (56.1).
One of the year’s most important conferences, the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) attracted more than 3,000 journalists to our city and, by some estimates, contributed more than $10 million to the local economy. Significant numbers. But more significant is the focus the assembled journalists brought to issues of diversity and equity that affect Detroit like every other urban center.
The NABJ conference was last held in Detroit in 1992; 26 years later the city looks much different. Its turn-around has received much attention in the national media. But there is deep concern that the much heralded revitalization has left many neighborhoods and long-time residents behind.
And, perhaps there hasn’t been a time in our nation’s history where we needed to rebuild the public’s trust in the news media as much we do today. But that won’t be possible unless all segments of our population are represented in the media’s coverage and its newsrooms.
Fittingly, then, the Detroit Chapter of NABJ – the host of the conference – kicked off the proceedings with a town hall forum, called “Diversity in the D,” on Tuesday night at the City Theatre in Detroit. It consisted of two panels of knowledgeable Detroiters – one on who is and who isn’t enjoying the city’s economic rebound and the other on the state of diversity in the media.
Detroit Public Television was on hand to capture these candid and insightful discussions on Facebook Live. I invite you to watch the video and offer your own comments and opinions on these vital topics.
- Panel 1 on Economic Diversity in the D, moderated by Darrell Dawsey
- Panel 2 on Diversity in the Media, moderated by Chuck Stokes
DPTV’s coverage of the NABJ convention will also feature a special edition of American Black Journal, which looks at the issue of diversity in the media from a number of angles, including highlights of the town hall forum and conversations with longtime African-American journalists about whether the industry has changed since the 1968 Kerner Commission recommended training and hiring more Black journalists and increasing coverage of the Black community and racial issues.
A special congratulations is due Vickie Thomas, regional director of NABJ, and Vince McCraw, president of the Detroit chapter, for all their hard work on the convention, as well as to NABJ President Sarah Glover.