PRESSING FORWARD

Presidential candidates, celebrities discuss their campaigns and projects at Black journalists’ convention in South Florida.

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Sen. Cory Booker (left) is shown at the candidates’ forum with Craig Melvin of NBC and MSNBC, Alexi McCammond of Axios and The Atlantic’s Van Newkirk.

BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Convention & Career Fair was held Aug. 7-11 at the J.W. Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, attracting about 4,000 of the nation’s top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals and journalism students.

The theme was “Fight the Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.’’ 

A main event was a forum on Aug. 8 with Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg along with Republican William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts. 

Woodard hosts luncheon 

The event attracted a number of celebrities, including Alfre Woodard, who hosted the NABJ Hall of Fame Luncheon and participated in a Q&A at the screening of “Clemency,’’ a film that stars Woodard directed by filmmaker Chinonye Chuwku. 

Hall of Fame inductees were Bob Black, Garry D. Howard, Tom Joyner, Wanda Lloyd and the members of the Washington Post Metro Seven. 

During one seminar, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge and Deborah Joy Winans, the female stars of “Greenleaf,’’ talked about their characters on the OWN show and the impact of the series on their lives. 

Actor Anthony Anderson participated in a panel titled “Get Real About Your Health: The Impact of Proactivity.’’’ Actress Tichina Arnold participated in a CBS All-Access panel which included a conversation about the series she stars in, “The Neighborhood.’’ 

Gospel artist BeBe Winans promoted his new book, “Born for This: My Story in Music’’ during the convention and was the featured performer at the Sunday Gospel Brunch. 

New officers 

At the convention, NABJ elected Dorothy Tucker as its 22nd president. Tucker is an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. 

“I talk for a living, but I am speechless…I am humbled by your support over the last few months,” said Tucker. “One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone.”  

Ken Lemon, a reporter for WSOC TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, replaces Tucker as vice president of broadcast. National commentator Roland Martin was elected vice president of digital. Cheryl Smith, publisher of I Messenger Media in Dallas, retained her position as secretary. 

WFLA News Channel 8 anchor and reporter Rod Carter of Tampa was elected director of Region III, which includes southern states. 

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.

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