Turner celebrates black journalists in Motor City

The classic sounds of Motown filled the air in the Motor City, as Turner celebrated thousands of black journalists during the annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention, which took place August 1-5 in Detroit.

NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. Founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., it’s an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

This year’s NABJ theme, “Driving Journalism, Technology and Trust”, featured workshops designed to provide invaluable training that members can use to help them remain relevant in their newsrooms. This year’s convention provided discussion and insight into a number of topics, including:

  • Launching your Media Company
  • Training Day: From the Classroom to the Newsroom
  • Sex vs. Gender: LGBTQ+ Reporting
  • How to Break into Newsroom Management
  • The Mid-Term Elections: What’s at Stake for the African American Community
  • The Power of Black Panther and Creating Positive Images in the Media
  • Flint Water Crisis- Now What?
  • #MeToo and the Intersection of Race and Class.

Turner had a large presence at the conference, providing a number of panels with Turner Sports talent and employees. Some of the topics included “Racism and Sexism in Sports,” “The Evolution of Sports Journalism” and “She’s Got Game: Women Making Power Moves, Shining Off Camera.” A resume and reel workshop were also offered by Bleacher Report and Turner Sports. CNN also offered reel critiques and resume reviews to attendees.

"NABJ was very eye-opening to me, because I had never been around so many successful Black journalists."

One of the biggest draws to the NABJ convention each year is the career fair, where some of the biggest news organizations are specifically looking for candidates of color. CNN Newsource Correspondent Omar Jimenez and associate writer for CNN Digital Amir Vera learned first-hand how life changing the career fair can be.

In 2016, Omar and Amir attended the convention, which included an all-day CNN-sponsored reporter workshop. A year later, CNN offered Omar an on-air position with the company, something he credits to the workshop at NABJ. Amir was also offered a position with CNN Digital not long after attending NABJ.

“NABJ was very eye-opening to me, because I had never been around so many successful Black journalists who were just as ambitious as I was,” Omar said.

In addition to the job fair and many classes, NABJ offered a Master Class from media mogul Tyler Perry on Entrepreneurship and Branding, an author’s showcase and the Student Multi-Media project. The convention also included special screenings of upcoming TV shows and movies, including a sneak peek at Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”


In its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, Turner works with organizations dedicated to diversity in media and journalism including the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications. To find more information on Turner’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: www.turner.com/diversity.